Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hannukkah:second party, Sushi Menorah, Taylor Swift parody.

RantWoman discovered she had some Hanukkah zaniness left over in her draft folder. rantWoman decided that sometimes people do go to two parties in one day and that migth have to be inappropriate enough for now.

Sushi tray menorah: consensus is it's Kosher Sushi

and a Taylor Swift parody that is close captioned. RantWoman cannot vouch for whether there is sign language involved also.

Hanukkah Modern Art Menorah and Rock of Ages reMix


Modern Art Menorah, with electric lights
Based only on the world traveler visuals in the video below, RantWoman dedicates this post to a college housemate who is now a partner in a Hong Kong law firm. Former Housemate is about that last person RantWoman would have predicted would convert to Orthodox Judaism. But it seems to have stuck and to work. Blessings on her and her whole family.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Hanukkah: Tree of Life, South Park

Tree of Life Menorah with birds and flowers and fruit

This post is dedicated to RantBrother and all his gifts, albeit faded, about horticulture and tree pruning and landscaping and formerly even a lot of ability to negotiate and projects of various scale.

And here is the Hanukkah song from South Park.

Here is a reprise of a blog post about RantBrother.

It is mostly an accident of circumstances and atrocious parental lapses that dreidls are permanently stuck in RantWoman's mind along with a serial child molester. RantWoman is also not sure what if anything besides know said molester half the Jewish kids in school did to land on the enemies list mentioned in the above blog post. At this late date RantWoman has no expectation of ever finding out.

RantWoman's prayers for this year:
May the Lord Bless and Keep RantBrother  employed and living indoors and too busy to try to come from MT to visit for Christmas! RantWoman would even accept a collect phone call!

May further psychological ooze about RantBrother find the right spiritual and mental health resources and ...

May the words of a moderately inflammatory email land on fertile ground and lead Little Sister and Brother in Law straight to a bicultural parenting class! RantWoman has grown tired of being sister confessor for Little Sister's concerning commentary, particularly when Little Sister shares the commentary and keeps turning up her nose and resources offered. RantWoman has also been clear to say "I do not enjoy watching your husband pick at your son the way RantDad used to pick at RantBrother."

And I do not enjoy arguing about any of this in front of RantMom and I do not enjoy hearing RantMom grouse about Brother In Law and frankly, if RantWoman winds up taking a giant latte and some popcorn out on a ferry ride by herself this year it all might be a great blessing! And may the Lord bless and keep the holiday holy anyway!

And all of this has very little to do with Hanukkah which makes it fit perfectly in the Nothing Appropriate concern!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hanukkah: Tree of Life and Concept couplet

Et voila: thank you Google for  "tree of life menorah"

Tree of Life menorah. Image from

RantWoman meant to have some kind of menorah imagery here but a very superficial Google Search turned up this wonderful and dense item about the menorah and the tree of life:

In the realm of sonic celebration, RantWoman also hereby recycles two posts paired in her other blog.

RantWoman can live with the possibility that some readers will howl "nothing appropriate" about pairing these two items. Tough. RantWoman notes the women soldiers of the IDF choir and the woman poet And consigns further meditations on appropriateness to teh Goddes.

RantWoman aspires to more in-depth thinking today but sometimes the schedule is the schedule and one does what can be done.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hanukkah: The Billings Newspaper Menorah

A menorah printed in the Billings Gazette

In 1993 in Billings MT, the image above was printed in the local newspaper, the Billings Gazette. A rock had been thrown through the window of a child's room with a menorah in the window. Echoing a time during World War II when the Danish King was helping his country resist Hitler, the citizens of Billings, or many of them also posted menorahs in their windows. This is the image many people used. Below is a trailer about a documentary of that time.

The trailer is a LITTLE over congratulatory: RantWoman can attest that the forces of tolerance ebb and flow. For instance this year, RantWoman is having lively #blacklivesmatter exchanges with both RantMom and an elementary school classmate. And yet...

A link to order the whole Not In Our Town video

A link to a 2008 15th anniversary celebration of the original menorah campaign and the events leading up to it.

A "nothing appropriate" element topical to the RantFamily: RantWoman was by then long gone. RantWoman asked her Rantparents why they were not called to put a menorah in their window. RantWoman does not remember any answer that made sense to her though RantWoman thinksit was RantBrother who spoke to unease related to a crank lab down the street. RantWoman definitely would not mind history being otherwise.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hanukkah, Nothing Appropriate and Jan Dismas Zelenka - Psalm 109, Dixit Dominus, ZWV 68

Hannukkah greetings from a brass dinosaur with a menorah along its back. Thank you Buzzfeed

RantWoman proposes another eccentric observance of another faith community's annual celebration. This year for hanukkah RantWoman means to post with at least modest attention to the phrase "Nothing Appropriate" or "exactly nothing that would have been appropriate."

RantWoman probably will not be led to marry gefilte fish with lutefisk.

RantWoman does not plan to call for any pogroms or, say to post links to Wagner's Gottedammerung. RantWoman may or may not get around to articulating either an appropriate prayer or the precise personal resonance for the phrase "nothing appropriate." And RantWoman sincerely sends whatever greetings are appropriate.

And for the first night, RantWoman proposes lovely music without checking the text of the Psalm. Oh well.