The War on Hanukkah Gelt

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Yesterday I gave a bag of Hanukkah gelt to a non-Jewish friend of mine. It was leftover from the holiday, and since he had been asking me about Jewish traditions around the holiday, I thought it would be a nice teachable moment.
So I hand over the chocolate and the first thing he says is, “That’s so Jewish. Even your candy is fake money.” Ouch!

We talked a little about why this made me want to punch him in the face, and about why I find stereotypes about Jews to be frustrating, and I think he got the message (and a healthy serving of chocolate, too) but I’ve pretty much decided not to give gelt to non-Jews ever again. From now on, all leftovers will be consigned strictly to hot chocolate.

Posted on January 6, 2010

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3 thoughts on “The War on Hanukkah Gelt

  1. little bad wolf

    hope i won’t be adding fuel to the stereotype wars, but i was vastly amused to see discounted gelt in a target in ft. lauderdale the week after hannukah. tasty, too, and great in coffee as well as hot chocolate. lbw

  2. Rut

    I’m not Jewish, but I would LOVE to get my hands onto some Channukkah gelt. There is no place that I know of in Chickasha, Oklahoma that has gelt. My family has chosen to observe and celebrate the feasts and fasts of Torah, because that is doing what YHVH wants. We also observe Shabbat each week and study Torah and how we can apply it to our lives. Not all Goyim are all the same. I joined here to learn everything I can to be more obedient to YHVH. So, here we have to substitute with other chocolate candy, instead of gelt. Sometimes we can find some chocolate coins, depicting coins of the world, but those don’t last long enough to make it into hot chocolate or coffee or anything else. We have chosen this life knowing how the world, especially Islam considers the Jewish people, and have accepted as fact that we are also viewed as Jewish. So, yes, I would LOVE to receive some gelt.

  3. Donna

    I totally agree with the attitude expressed by RUT. We Christians have many blessings that have roots in Judiasm. I’m on this site to learn and be able to appreciate all we have in YHVH. Gelt is an extra and delicious blessing. I’ll take all I can get.

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