January 1st, 2006

Happy Chanukah! by DarthFox

Happy Civil New Year!

May the next twelve months be good ones.

It sort of snuck up on me - I wasn't actually thinking of it as New Year's Eve yesterday because, well, there was so much other stuff going on. Shabbat, of course, plus it was Chanukah and Rosh Chodesh (the New Moon, the beginning of the new month.) And we had a bar mitzvah plus I was leading the discussion at my Shabbos group. Who had room to think of anything else?

Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Chanukah is fun because you say *everything*. By which I mean, the standard grace after meals booklets start with the basic grace after meals (meals being defined as ones in which you had a quantity of bread.) Since that can be any day, you have the standard every day "bentching". But Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh and Holidays each have their own special additions. These are seperated from the standard text by boxes or different fonts or being placed under the main text with reminders.

Shabbat gets the paragraph called "retzeh" and Rosh Chodesh and the major holidays get "yaleh v'yavo" and Purim and Chanukah get "al ha-nissim", and it's second nature to just skip them. So it's fun when you get a day that's Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh and Chanukah, and you get to say them all. The same goes for saying the prayer services, except that there's a special additional one for Shabbat Rosh Chodesh.

And then there are the greetings - "Good Shabbos! A guten Chodesh! Freilichen Chanukah!" No room for a secular new year in there, you see.

Plus we had so much else to do. And then Shabbat ended and I came home (the class started and ran late) and we lit our menorahs for the last time (we're going to my in-laws tonight and will light the last candles there.) And, I don't know. I didn't think about it being New Year's Eve until about 11:30, when we discussed *if* we were staying up, but we decided that as it was 11:30, we might as well. We had a glass of wine at midnight.