"Do they really celebrate Chanukah in chu"l???" (Outside of Israel - see this post!)
This Sunday, I brought English Chanukah songs for the girls I tutor. One of them was amazed and asked me this outright. She couldn’t believe that even in Canada, we celebrated Chanukah.
She knew that Jews everywhere celebrate most holidays, but Chanukah is so tied up in the Israeli psyche, our most nationalistic holiday besides Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day), that it must have seemed impossible to celebrate anywhere else.
And I have to admit: she’s right.
Sure, you can celebrate Chanukah in chu”l, but you can’t feel it the way you do here.
I've always been humbug about Chanukah. It's not that I hated it, but when we lived in Canada,