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December 05, 2007


No matter the transliterated spelling, the name remains a Hebrew word and neither its initial guttural sound appears in English nor is any English spelling of it ever going to be right... or wrong.

That said, I wish you and yours a joyous celebration of all the holiday's meanings, messages, traditions, and spirit. It looks like, between your memory lane travels and at-home bash last night, you are off to a great start!

In my neck of the woods it's close to impossible to find a decent menorah. Single dingy shelf at the back of the card store? Where is this card store? I'm going crazy trying to find a particular one! That said, have a Happy Hanukkah!

Chag Sameach, Danny! In Israel we used to also say Chag Urim Sameach, which is Happy Festival of Lights. I like that one because of the time of year etc. On the other hand if I was living back in Zimbabwe, December is summer ... just a thought ... although both you and I know that when *I* was living in Zimbabwe, it was called Rhodesia. What's in a name, eh?

I am trying to post a comment and I am banned as a possible comment spam. How can I prove my good faith?


That's odd, Otir, but since this comment came through, the "ban" must be lifted!

Speaking of names, every baby boomer I know still calls the Hanukkah candelabra a menorah but then we learned that a true menorah is really only a seven-candled affair used at other times of the year and that a Hanukkah menorah with eight candles and one shamash is called a "hanukkiah." But I just can't get myself to use that term.

'Hag' Hanuka Sameakh Danny! I agree with you that Hanukkah wasn't that popular when I was young. This is old stuff that you may already know because it has been so circulated but it still makes me laugh a lot:
if Xmas was a Jewish holiday.

Now I am going to circulate the video you showed, I love it too!

Oh my God, The Magic Door!!! And just last week, my brother sent me YouTube clips of Diver Dan and Clutch Cargo! I'm regressing...!!!

Happy Chanukah/Hanakkuh to you and your family! I don't remember that show. It may have been on when I still lived in Arizona. I'm sorry I missed it.

Oy! The Magic Door! I used to watch it every Sunday before mass at Holy Name Cathedral (or that church in what's now River North that did the horrible, pre-Vatican II, high Latin masses.)

And the song is right on. I could even sing you address jingle:

The Magic Door
The Magic Door

Good times...

Danny, is that a young Lou Jacobi in the top pic? Was he in the cast of the show?

Happy Chanukah to you and yours!

He looks like Lou Jacobi, Pearl, but no, that is one of our very own Chicago Jews! But as you probably know, Jacobi is from Toronto so I wouldn't be surprised to find out I'm related to him since that's where most of my large extended family resides. I wonder what shtetl he's from.

Danny, I don't think yenta means matchmaker. I believe it's Yiddish for a pain in the neck.

Oops, Miriam, you're right, of course, I stand corrected. "Yenta" means a woman who is meddlesome or gossipy (often the case in a matchmaker, I'm sure!) and has become synonymous with that term thanks to Sholom Aleichem's stories. Sorry for further spreading that misunderstanding--the real word for matchmaker is "shadchan."

We buy all our Chanukah things including a Manorah from ebay...Kyle

Deedee and Scrunch must be from before my time.

By the time I started watching Tiny was hangin' with Booby Beaver and his grandma Bubby Beaver.

Long before I knew my own address I knew the address of The Magic Door in Chicago and of Zoom in Boston.

Thank God I never got lost.

WHY can't I find anything about the Magic door? This is killing me!
I tried my imagination, but the wonderful things I'd see weren't there! Ahhhhhhh! Tiny Tov is my hero, and I'm Catholic!

Ah room zoom zoom!

Every kid in my Catholic school watched the Magic Door. It was a great show!

But wasn't the name of the squirrel Bubie (short for "Bubelah"), not "Booby" (as I usually keep abreast of such matters...)?

I'm so glad I found something about the magic door .
Could there be more to share on Facebook?

I found this page when searching for "The Magic Door". A friend posted and short clip on Facebook this morning and I definitely remember watching it. I wanted to see more to refresh my memory. I am not Jewish, but at the time the show was on, our neighbors were Jewish and the kids were my age. I remember being fascinated with Hanukkah/Chanukah, the menorah, and yes the dreidel.

A family friend named Lee Armentrout worked for WBBM and invited my father and I to watch this show being produced. It was amazing,except for the few minutes where a light needed re-aiming, and they had to locate and summon a union gaffer to move the light three inches with a pole. I was stonkered why someone didn't just stick the pole up there and move the light, since they knew what needed to be done and the pole was right there...

My aunt.....Helen Cirkle. She was the puppeteer on The Magic Door. To make a long story short I recently aquired all her puppets. I have Scrunch and Dee Dee. Wanna see? I need help with the names of all her other puppets. I know Rabbi is in there too.

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