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December 20, 2011

Happy Hanukkah!

Filed under: politics — Tags: , , — edge of the sandbox @ 10:41 pm

Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah.  We went to the Union Square in San Francisco to see the lighting of the Bill Graham Menorah.

People light candles from the rabbi's torch

Historically we place our menorahs near a window for everyone to see.  We do it to celebrate our freedom to worship.  The tradition of public menorah lighting originated in San Francisco in 1975; it was underwritten by Bill Graham.  Now Chabad lights menorahs the world over.

Occupoids are no longer occupying Union Square; they were removed to put up the ice skating rink, but, alas, no party is without party poopers.  So we had a group of about a half a dozen old people billing themselves as Jews protesting religious celebrations on public property.

The blond woman in glasses on the bottom left is not affiliated. She is a nice Russian granny. The bottom line of the posters reads "NO GODS NO MASTERS NO MASTERS NO SLAVES"

Russian revelers, who are probably some sort of atheists, got sarcastic at their expense.  Quite a few non-Jews came over to check out the ceremony.  It’s a fun family-friendly tradition and a great way to celebrate freedom of religion in the US.



  1. Jews for Separation of Church and State? Interesting must be a small group I rarely hear about them unless they’re Atheists.

    Comment by Harrison — December 20, 2011 @ 11:06 pm

    • I don’t recall seeing them before this event. There was about half a dozen of them, all boomers. I don’t doubt they are basically atheists; it’s possible to be both a Jew and an atheist.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — December 21, 2011 @ 9:03 am

      • I know… just don’t hear about them much is all. There was a story on KTVU last night about this lighting but no mention of this group.

        Comment by Harrison — December 22, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

        • I was looking at local stories too, trying to see if anyone will mention them. What losers: they have a leftist protest and nobody notices…
          Of course, it… uhmmm… takes guts to protest a menorah erected by a Holocaust survivor like Bill Graham.

          Comment by edge of the sandbox — December 22, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

  2. Enjoy your Holiday, my Edgy friend, and have a Happy New Year as well.

    Dorks will be dorks. I’m glad you can laugh at them.

    Comment by Jim Fister — December 21, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

  3. This is terribly tardy, but I wanted to wish you a Happy Hanukkah.

    Be well this holiday season.

    Comment by KingShamus — December 23, 2011 @ 5:50 am

  4. […] year the event was protested by separation of synagogue and state Jewesses.  This year I didn’t see them.  Maybe they […]

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