My brother in law Ira is Jewish.  So I decided to do a tribute to him by telling a bit about Hanukkah, tomorrow is the beginning of the Jewish holiday. round about sundown. Ira was a welcome member to our family when my sister Barbara chose to marry him 10 1/2 years ago. He is a great guy! I know i can say for us all WE LOVE YOU IRA!! 
                             Happy Hanukkah!!
Every year between the end of November and the end of December, Jewish people around the world celebrate the holiday of Hanukkah (also spelled Chanukah), the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah begins on the 25Th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, but the starting date on the western calendar varies from year to year. The holiday celebrates the events which took place over 2,300 years ago in the land of Judea, which is now Israel Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is a celebration of the victory of the Maccabees and the reeducation of the Jerusalem Temple. It also commemorates the miracle of the oil that burned for 8 days. ( thats why all the deep fried treats!!!). As with all Jewish holidays, special foods are prepared. An example of some of the desserts served at Hanukkah are Cheese Blintzes, Rugelach, Hanukkah Cookies such as Dreidel Cookes, Peppermint Crisps, Chanukah Poppy Seed Cookies, Halvah, Mandel Brot (a kind of Jewish biscotti), and always Sufganiyot, the jelly filled doughnuts. 

It is a really good thing i am not Jewish.. i would feel for religious reasons i would need to 
indulge in all the food for all the various holidays...

                                                            i would be very fat