And so the last night of Hanukkah is here. The bakery in town finished making jelly-filled donuts (aka sufganiyot) in the afternoon, so we did without. Probably a good thing given that we overindulged *kof* a bit this year.
Happy Festival of Lights!
Happy Festival of Lights!
With the celebration yesterday of Simchat Torah (Literally, “Joy of the Torah”), Jews here and around the world marked the end of the High Holiday season. This year the holidays have come quite early, so early, in fact, that American Jews will be observing both Thanksgiving and the first night of Hanukkah* on the same night. Dubbed “Thanksgivukkah” it’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience because the next time these two holidays fall on the same night will be in the year 79,811. Grab that Menurkey now, because what a family heirloom that will be!
Israelis know that during the month of the High Holidays it is next to impossible to get anything done that requires people getting together, except for family celebrations and dinners (and oy what dinners!). Everything needing doing is put off until “after the holidays.” And now that the holidays are over, WPcom Maven is again taking class registrations. If you are local in Israel, an English-speaker, and want help getting set up on WordPress.com, have a look at “Learn WPcom” and sign up for a session. It couldn’t hurt.
*Well – we all got that wrong. Thanks to a slight misunderstanding between solar and lunar calendars, Thanksgiving wasn’t the first night of Hanukkah, but the first day of the holiday. We lit the first candle on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving.
More photos from Ein Kerem:
By today’s standards, the spacecraft’s technology is laughable: it carries an 8-track tape recorder and computers with one-240,000th the memory of a low-end iPhone. When it left Earth 36 years ago, it was designed as a four-year mission to Saturn, and everything after that was gravy.
But Voyager 1 has become — thrillingly — the Little Spacecraft That Could. On Thursday, scientists declared that it had become the first probe to exit the solar system, a breathtaking achievement that NASA could only fantasize about back when Voyager was launched in 1977, the same year “Star Wars” was released.
via “Exiting the Solar System and Fulfilling a Dream” The NY Times
What entirely blows me away is that even at 11.7 billion miles from our planet, it’s transmissions only take 17 hours to reach us.
It certainly gives one a moment’s pause when you realize that mankind is being represented by 8-track tape recorder and a gold, long-play record.