Let’s Celebrate Chanukah
In his much admired new book commemorating 350 years of Jewish life in America, Jonathan Sarna displays a 1879 poster announcing the Great Revival of the Jewish National Holiday of Chanucka. In the accompanying text, the holiday is referred to as Hanukkah, a usage that is not true either to how we say the word or the poster that is being referred to. Is there any longer a justification for this pseudo-scholarly affectation that is embraced by too many Jews who should know better. After all, no one not even our tiny and incestuous little community of sterile American Judaic scholars refers to the next holiday on the calendar as Khristmas.