We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Due to the Jewish lunar calendar, Hannukah begins early this year, the first candle of eight lit at sunset on December 1.
The rebellion led by Matityahu and his sons against Greek rule that forbade or altered Jewish religious practices and beliefs reasserted that they do not change just to meet whichever philosophy is current.
Some in the West seek to boycott stores that carry goods made in Israel. Instead, there's a "buy-cott" scheduled for November 30, in which all are encouraged to buy Israeli produced items at nearby stores, telling the store owners why. Leading national merchants, like Trader Joe's and Costco, and local stores in many parts of the country are listed here.
Whether for Hannukah or Christmas, join the "buy-cott" to demonstrate your support for your Jewish or Christian heritage.
For what it's worth, and as an interesting sidelight, I have always, since the 1960s, looked for and bought pantyhose made in Israel, since the hose have always lasted four or five times longer than those made elsewhere. It fascinates me that the long-wear qualities have persisted for so long. Maybe it's just a regular feature with Israeli made products -- nice stuff that wears three or four times longer.
Ben david, and any other of the readers here who live in Israel, accept my gratitude and congratulations for your innovative and excellent products. And best wishes for your celebration of Hannukah.
P.S. As a long time grower of orchids, I have been impressed with various Israeli greenhouse growing innovations as well.
Finding things made in Israel is like trying to find things made in the USA. The Chinese crap has manged to flood the market in almost every aspect of industry. Even medical equipment and medical supplies. Disheartening and very frustrating.
Cilla Mitchell, Galveston Texas
I agree. Its frightening the penetration of Chinese products and their ownership of the shelf space in every store I go into.
Wonder if anyone in Congress is ever going to ask why the US doesn't have a trade treaty with China allowing US companies to sue negligent Chinese companies for defective products and actually get their judgments honored?
We celebrate Hannukah every year. Kind of a connection with growing up in Marblehead and our Jewish friends there. As much as I hate the phrase "cultural diversity", it was fun and a learning experience for two Catholic kids with lots of Jewish friends. :>)