Tonight is our last night of latkes and lights! To close the occasion, let's watch this adorable small child lighting all eight candles on his last night of Hannukah.
The list of unironically good Hannukah pop music is a short one, but you can bet that They Might Be Giants' "Feast of Lights" would be near the top. Similar to the Charles Brown classic "Please Come Home For Christmas," this song is about putting relationship troubles aside in the name of celebrating Hannukah together.
There are many terrible Hannukah rap songs on the internet, but the above video is one of the worst. The low production quality, the corny video effects, and the far-from-phat rhymes are enough to tempt any Jewish rapper to lay down a dis track. However, like the creators of Miracle Lights, I think these "rappers" are aware of their limitations and don't much care.
Still making latkes from a box? Don't bother -- it's not that hard to make latkes from scratch, and they're far superior that way. Leslie Jonath tells us how to make the best possible potato pancakes in this video, but not before warning against some common latke mistakes.
If you're already an expert cook and you want to make something more complex, here's a vid explaining how to make a popular Hannukah treat in Israel: sufganiyot (basically, they're donuts).
Here's everyone's favorite Hasidic Jewish reggae musician Matisyahu, attempting to wish you a Happy Hannukah. The jury's still out on whether he's actually high in this video or just terrible at reading a teleprompter.
This is Bush's speech at the White House's first ever Hannukah celebration in 2001. Despite the man's stumbling over the word "menorah" (reminding us all how much we appreciate Obama's "eloquence"), we appreciate his incorporation of Hannukah into the White House routine. Obama plans to continue the tradition this year as well, albeit less lavishly.
This next Hannukah video is from the Colbert Christmas special last year. Jon Stewart attempts to coax Stephen Colbert - via music - to give Hannukah a try.
The Festival of Lights begins tonight at sundown. On all eight days of the holiday, Laser Orgy will be giving you the gift ... of video. That's right: Hannukah-themed videos from ye olde internet, selected for Viewers Like You.
This first one is an animated trailer for a movie called Miracle Lights, which can be purchased here
Winter is coming, as the Starks would say, and you know what that means -- toys! We geeks love our toys, especially big-kid versions of old favorites. But when it comes to geek gift-giving, you have got to know what kind of geek you’re shopping for -- or you might end up giving the wrong toy entirely, and that would just be awkward.
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