Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Oy Galut! Hannukah 2.0 Madness!

Hannukah is definitely the most web 2.0 friendly Jewish holiday, read on to find out why.

Although not a biblical holiday, Hannukah probably goes pound for pound with any other Jewish holiday in terms of the actual content created around it.

What I mean by that is, Hannukah probably more songs, videos, and just plain internet presence than any other Jewish holiday.

Which makes sense, right? I mean, Hannukah has been described as a 'Get up, Stand up, Stand up for your rights' kind of holiday.

The metaphor of lighting candles, bringing light and warmth to the darkest and coldest time of year is powerful and inspiring.

And With many of its own unique symbols, games, food, and songs, Hannukah provides quite a bit of material for any artist.

Still it is interesting that of all of the Jewish holidays, none seem to foment Jewiness like Hannukah.

From the Singles bashes all over the country on Christmas Eve (which more likely than not corresponds to a night of Hannukah), including this one tonight in St. Louis... To the SiriusXM station dedicated entirely to Hannukah, to countless CDs, Youtube Videos, online greeting cards, and kitch... Hannukah is pretty much the undefeated champion of Jewish internet holidays.

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