This year Hanukkah starts tomorrow night. Normally Hanukkah and Christmas fall closer together; I don’t remember Hanukkah coming this early before. That means the Jewish calendar is due for a leap month.
Anyway, a few years back my son-in-law introduced me to Matisyahu, because he knew I’m a reggae fan. Who would have thought the next hot reggae singer would be a Hasidic Jew from new York, instead of a Rastafarian from Jamaica? Now Matisyahu has come out with a Hanukkah song that celebrates the holiday for the same reason I do. The song is called “Miracle,” but he’s not talking about the story of the Temple oil lasting for eight days – he’s referring to how the Jews defeated their enemies, though the odds were stacked against them. In this video he has a dream featuring the original Matisyahu (Mattathias?), Antiochus Epiphanes, the Nutcracker, some hockey players and even an Abominable Snowman, all on ice. Have fun!