Friday, December 24, 2010
Chinese Food on Shabbat
Tonight people all around the world gather together to celebrate a holiday... a holiday called Shabbat!
Of course, this year, our Sabbath coincides with the Christian celebration of Christmas, and it is something of an informal tradition for American Jews to go out for Chinese food while everyone else is off celebrating. This notion has made its way to the highest levels of government in the United States, as noted in a post that appeared on this blog earlier this year, Seasons Greetings Courtesy of Elena Kagan.
And whether you do go out to a Chinese restaurant, or order in, or do something else entirely, Chinese food on Christmas has come to be symbolic of our experience as a minority. an experience humorously portrayed in the following YouTube music video, Chinese Food on Christmas:
The video is by Brandon Harris Walker, who has his own YouTube Channel, and his website www.brandonwalkermusic.com.
Tonight at Congregation Adas Emuno, I'll be the lay leader for Shabbat services, and guess what we'll be serving at the Oneg? Yes, you guessed it: Chinese food! See you there!
And, blessings of the season to you all! Shabbat Shalom!