Friday, December 23, 2016

Beauty and the Feast (Is it only skin deep?)

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Continuing to wish a speedy recovery to Tamar Adina bas Kayna Shulamis and to Ruth bat Sarah.
In honor of the yahrzeits of Bert Walker and Yeudel ben Avraham.

Yair-Emanuel-Painted-Metal-Menorah-Arches-Pomegranates-Birds_largeThe other day we were discussing Channuka preparations and I used the American pronunciation "Hannuka".

This was absolutely abrasive to the ears of our 6-year-old.

"Channuka," she instinctively said.

The obvious question for your table is: Does it really matter?

Or could I put it this way:

How is correct diction any different from all the other corrections we like to give our kids:

Say please and thank you, don't talk with your mouth full, sit up straight, don't interrupt, etc. etc. etc.???

If the word is "Chanukah", then say Chanukah. Does it really take that much effort?

Let's make it a discussion question for the table:

What does the correct pronunciation of "Channukah" have to do with Channukah?

(I.e., unlike all other holidays - by Passover - Pesach - it is not an issue in the same way).

In past years, I've sent you various ideas and themes about the holiday, such as "Chanukah Fire", "HH", and "What's Hannuka".

Please send me the ideas of your family and friends, and next week, I'll send you my opinion about why it does actually matter how you say it.

In the meantime,

Shabbat Shalom


Happy Hannukah!

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