A Jewish Lawyer Reader Tells Us About "Hannukah In Santa Monica"
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January 01, 2010, 04:00 AM
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From: Mark Mallarde (e-mail him)

Re: Tom Piatak`s Column: War Against Christmas 2009: Reflections On Hannukah, Christmas And "Nitel Night"

Having had some religious schooling, I learned long ago that the development of Hannukah as a winter festival is more of a Jewish adaption, call it Americanization, of the religion. It seasonally harmonizes the experience of Jewish children with the rest of their peers.

A strange twist: the only good Hannukah song and, indeed, the best out there, was performed by the least Jewish person alive, Garrison Keillor.

Hannukah In Santa Monica, a very catchy and amusing tune was written by Tom Lehrer at Keillor`s request so he could perform it during his American Radio Show`s broadcasts. (Listen here.)

Mallarde, a lawyer, lives near Santa Monica. Previous letters from him about Barack Obama are here and here. More Mallarde letters about "out of control" American women and the mainstream media`s support of gay marriage are here and here.