Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Chanukah

Hanukkah is the festival of clementines.

For eight days we celebrate these wonderful fruits. Stores and homes are filled with boxes and bags of clementines. People are eating them for breakfest, lunch, dinner and as a snack. Shuls are serving them for suedat shlishi, Chanuka parties and any other functions. Garbage bins are overflowing with orange peels.

Due to inability to say mezonos on clementines, we eat doughnuts which are similar in shape and whose sweet taste compliments the tangy taste of clementines. Though saying chamotzi on challah rolls would be an even greater elevation of this great fruit, it was decided that people would be too lazy to say the very long benching. We also light eight candles which is the minimum number of segments that a clementine has.

It's believed that this holiday was started because rabbis saw people getting sick due to the onset of cold and lack of enough vitamin C. While both the orange and the tangerine were considered, both of those were much harder to peel and more prone to contain seeds.

24 comments:

  1. My 15 year old ate 8 clementines on Monday. I only found out when she was trying to grab 2 more.

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  2. What a good pshat! I never thought of that!

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  3. We've been eating like 10/day each, though to my 2 year old I only give 1, maybe 2 at a time.

    And you thought it was about the oil.

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  4. Dude, Clementines are a summer thing.

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  5. Really? When was the last time you've been to a store?

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  6. lol. Holiday of Clementines. :-)

    that is just 2 funny. hahaa

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  7. BTW, the clementines in Costco come in a cool bag instead of the wooden crate that leaks clementines and is hard to throw away. Didn't notice any moldy ones either.

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  8. I think Glatt Mart had those last year.
    No car or membership so unless you gonna have me in mind when you go and then drive by...

    I like the boxes, I think they look cooler.

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  9. Dude, I've lived all over NA, and I have never, never seen clementines any month except December. And while I'm being a purist, I agree with Moshe; clementines are supposed to come in a box. End of story.

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  10. While peaches come from a can.
    They were put there by a man.
    In a factory downtown.

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  11. Ten a day? You do know the side effects of getting too much vitamin C, right?

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  12. Immunity to cold and flu?

    Eating one now, also drank a liter of OJ.

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  13. I don't think it would make you immune to cold and flu, but is very likely to give you diarrhea.

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  14. Because of this post I started craving clementines. When the hubby and I went to Shop Rite on Friday we picked up a bunch. They're so gooooood.

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  15. millions of peaches, peaches for me
    millions of peaches, peaches for free

    That being said, in france we used to peel the clementine so it make a perfect bowl, fill the bowl with a wick and wax, and then float them in the pool. Beautiful at night and makes everything smell like tangerine.

    (Written as I stare out the window at a snow-covered landscape. Boo. Hiss.)

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  16. Cool. Sounds like a Japanese holiday, forgot the name though.

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  17. Lately seems like everyone has written a post like this. Like a made up funny thing that sounds real. Like onion stories. It would be cool to make a compilation of all these meshugas stuff. I wonder if non Jews would know the difference. It would be cool to see if they would be able to separate real from not real. O, it would be a cool idea for a shabbos game, Jewish trivia, fact or fiction, then it would really get to teach the kids Halacha.

    Anyways, interesting idea.

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  18. I date you to make a quiz on facebook!

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  19. you mean dare.

    That would be an interesting idea. Perhaps I will do that. Then I'll share the results, lol

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  20. lol
    Now that's what I call a Fruedian slip. :-D

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  21. lol

    :-)

    or a finger slip, as the "t" is right next to the "r"

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  22. ok, I made the quiz, it's short, but it's got your clementines in there!

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