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So Long Target Hanukkah Aisle, #1250

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When I lived in Los Angeles, Hanukkah greeted you everywhere that you went – in the drugs stores, the department stores, in the grocery stores.  With the second largest Jewish population in the country, it is no wonder that there was a consumer market for Hanukkah.

After a decade of living in a large city, however, my husband and I decided to live a simpler life in Arizona.  Suddenly, I really felt how much of a minority it was to be Jewish, and Hanukkah time really delivered that blow.  I remember going from store to store searching out Hanukkah wrapping paper in my procrastination night-before-Hanukkah frenzy.  The synagogue gift shops were closed. Bed Bath and Beyond (the one store with a tiny Hanukkah display) had run out of all the Hanukkah wrapping paper.  I was stuck with ordinary plain Jane blue paper.  Sorry kids.  Oh well, at least they were young, and it probably didn’t really matter to them.

It mattered to me though!  I wanted Hanukkah to feel festive.  Finally, a couple of years ago, something magical happened.  I walked into Target, and I saw this…

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Wow!  An entire aisle devoted to Hanukkah!  In Tucson, AZ!  I was in 7th heaven.  I ran into the Rabbi’s wife in that aisle stocking up, and we giggled like kids in a candy store.  What a joy it was so have such a selection.

So, yesterday….again procrastinating (Hanukkah starts tomorrow), I went back to my trustworthy Target, and began to search for my beloved Hanukkah aisle.  Where was it?  Rows and rows of Christmas, and absolutely nothing in the friendly blue, white and silver.

And then, just as I was heading up to the cashier, I saw it….the Hanukkah display.  My heart dropped into my stomach a bit.  This is what Hanukkah had become at Target in 2015….

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A lousy end cap.  That’s what we were reduced to.  I get it….we’re the minority, and perhaps there just weren’t enough people buying Hanukkah items to warrant a whole aisle.  After losing the awesome Kosher section at our local Safeway grocery store this year, however, and now this….I’m truly sad.  I’m feeling overlooked, and it is really disappointing.

I’ve got my candles.  I’ve got my wrapping paper.  I’ve got my gelt.  I am ready to go with Hanukkah, but the Target end cap made me really sad.  I don’t just want to have a dreidel….I want to choose from a selection of them.  I want a variety of choices to decorate with, and I want to feel festive at this time of the year and add to a whole world of holiday joy.  And….I want to do it by outwardly celebrating MY holiday.

So, my song of the day is Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah Song.  He’s created some updated versions of this song, but I’m going back to the original.  What I love about his Hanukkah song is that he brought Hanukkah to the mainstream and reminded us that there are Jews all around us who celebrate the holiday season the Hanukkah way.  So, Happy Hanukkah everyone.  I hope you find it to be festive!

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Rocky Mountain High, #393

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I am waking up to the horrifying and tragic news today that a lone gunman walked into a midnight showing of “Batman” in Aurora, Colorado last night and tear-gassed and open fired on the audience.  I am shocked and just sick over this news and my heart is aching for the people of Colorado.  It is so completely unfair that this incident happened only 13 miles from Littletown, Colorado where the Columbine shooting took place about 13 years ago.

In Tucson, we are not strangers to this type of tragedy, and already, our own mass shooting is haunting me after the news from Colorado this morning.  Before the Tucson shooting occurred, I never really understood how wide-spread something like this can affect a whole community.  Tucson  is a small enough city that even if you didn’t personally know one of the victims, chances are you know somebody who knew one of them, and I still can’t step foot in that Safeway grocery store without imagining that entire tragic morning unfold.

My heart aches not just for the families of the victims in Aurora, Colorado today, but I am also so deeply saddened for their entire community.  I have never been to Colorado before, but I know that those amazing mountains must bring you all some peace and solace especially in tragic times.  So, my song of the day is John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High.”  This is how I choose to think of that beautiful state…just as lovely as John Denver describes in his song.  Here is the Youtube link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwARpaKHx_w

May you all get through this very sad time together, and please know, that you’ve got a lot of people rooting for you.  G-d bless.