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December 30, 2007
“It’s not a menorah,” he says, of his neighbor’s window display. “It’s a candelabra. There are too many candles.”

No, I say, it looks like it has eight, and one in the middle.

“Yeah, but menorahs only have seven.”

Whaaaaa? This, from a non-Jew who, before we met, had almost no Jew experience. Although I know little about Judaism, I do know, as do most Jews and many non-Jews, that Chanukah’s eight days, and thus there are eight, plus the middle one to light them.

I want to inform him that Christmas is ten days, despite what the song says.