Thursday, December 7, 2023

Peter, Paul, and Mary's Tribute to Hanukkah

Do you remember Peter, Paul, and Mary? 
They were a very popular singing group who recorded and performed folk songs in the 1960's such as, If I had a Hammer, Blowing in the Wind, Lemon Tree, Where Have all the Flowers Gone, etc.  In this Youtube they perform If I had a hammer (1960's)

What you might not remember is their amazing song, Light One Candle from the 1980's. 

From Wikipedia:

"The first performance of the song was at a 1982 concert in Carnegie Hall.[1]

The song was written in 1982[2] by group member Peter Yarrow as a pacifist response to the 1982 Lebanon War (with Israel), an intention was reflected in the lyrics "Light one candle for the terrible sacrifice justice and freedom demand, Light one candle for the wisdom to know when the peacemaker's time is at hand."[3][1]

In 1983, the three singers (only Peter is Jewish) traveled to Israel to perform at an large outdoor concert in the holy city of Jerusalem.

a hanukkah menorah with a bowl of cookies and a box

Tonight is the first night of Chanukah/Hanukkah. 

We light our Hanukkah candles this year with heavy hearts remembering the horrific atrocities that recently transpired in Israel targeting babies, children, women, and the elderly. We pray for the release of all of the innocent hostages that were brutally abducted and are being kept in prisoners in dark underground tunnels. We mourn for the many that were not taken as hostages, but instead were burned alive or beheaded, some after first being brutally raped. 

Where is the antisemitism coming from on college campuses? 

An organzation called, "Students for Justice in Palestine" is a student group on every college campus in the US, is sponsored and funded by Muslim organizations for the sole purpose of spreading anti-Israel and antisemitic sentiment on campus.  This group has been very diligent and very successful over the past 15 years advocating for BDS (Boycott against Israel goods and anything relating to Israel and Judaism).  Much of their rhetoric and accusations are based on lies. For example, "Israel is oppressing the people of Gaza." " Free Gaza". 

Truth is Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005 and Gaza has been under the rule of Hamas since then which Gaza voted for." 

Peter, Paul, and Mary's Hanukkah song, written during the Israel Lebanon war, is a song of hope for peace. It looks back to the story of Hannukah, the early struggle 2,000 years ago when the Jewish Maccabees defended Jerusalem against the  mighty Assyrian army and saved the Jewish people and the holy Temple that the Assyrians had desecrated. That is the miracle of Hanukkah. 

Peter, Paul, and Mary powerful Hanukkah song is still a reminder to be strong and have hope during the current situation of terror, war, and the anti-semitism that is brewing right now in the world and especially college campuses.   

The song below is beautiful, inspiring, and worth taking a few minutes to listen to it. 

Hanukkah is The Festival of Lights
The chorus of the song:
 "Don't let the light go out, It's lasted for so many years. Don't let the light go out, Let it shine through our love and our tears.

Sunday, December 3, 2023

In My Kitchen -December

December we will be looking into my  kitchen in my Florida condo. I'm joining Sherry's IN MY KITCHEN where anyone can share!

I've bought a box of dripless Hanukkah candles for the upcoming holiday. 

Saturday, December 2, 2023

Vegetables With Crushed Roasted Peanuts -Delish

This colorful vegetable dish takes only 10 minutes to prep and 5 minutes to cook. 
You will be delighted with the delicious flavors  in a dish that lends itself to many variations! I love it.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Curried Red Lentil Soup

Free Lentil soup Stock Photo

Keep the soup coming!! 
Do you like the flavor of curry? 
I never used to like it, but it's been growing on me, and I'm actually beginning to really enjoy it. It has a strong intense flavor that I now find delicious in lentil soups. This recipe is delicious!