I said the prayers the best I could tonight....it wasn't the right time...and I'm sure I mangled most of the words.
You simply can't take a girl from the south side of Chicago who omits the "th" in words and expect her to say "shehecheyanu v'kiy'manu v'higianu."
I listened to the audio on the net 100 times...but what I hear in Hebrew...what I see on the paper and what I say....are not related.
But it is the last night of Hanukkah and I'm in Jew School....so I did my best.
This week my family celebrated multiple times in multiple ways ....being together....and being attuned to something beyond ourselves.
We started celebrating last Sunday when I took my entire family to the Temple for the Hanukkah celebration. They were wide-eyed and I was nervous.
In Jew School I'm about as knowledgeable as a pre-schooler and yet here I was taking everyone to Temple as if I knew what I was doing.....which I didn't...but people who knew me there ....kissed me... shook hands with my family....and smiled.
The Rabbi came over hugged me and chuckled....another complicated multiple faith/belief family situation...so what's new? There are many stories in the Temple...and mine is just another strand in the weave of this community.
As we walked back to our car after chicken, latkes and live music....we planned the rest of our week:
a dinner at a Mexican restaurant for my daughter's birthday....
latkes and beef brisket and candle lightening the following day....
Kielbasa, sauerkraut and pierogies to remember our Eastern European heritage on Xmas Eve
and finally Xmas.....which we would celebrate like we always have....with a special brunch....a family walk in the afternoon....presents... a turkey dinner....and watching movies together....including the infamous Pee Wee Herman Xmas special.
My impromptu candle holders for the Hanukkah portion of our week
Latkes from heaven...crisp hot crunchy....
The traditional Xmas celebration....with gingerbread houses and a glorious dinner of champagne, turkey, sweet potatoes and The Green Bean Casserole....plus cheesecake from the bookstore.