Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgivukkah Gifts

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I would like to thank my Chinese-born Filipino Canadian neighbors, my oldest friends (literally) and quasi-parents (pas grandparents ;-)) who helped me make this night special and truly an experience to remember. As an American (at heart, soon legally) and a Jewish Atheist, who's hostile to the Orthodox establishment at the only synagogue in the Philippines, it's not very easy to celebrate a part of my identity, that I consider significant, with my fellow congregants, as my ideal fellow congregants are statistically likely to be living in cities like New York, Paris, or Toronto, where conservative, reform, secular, and atheistic schisms predominate.

The amalgam of my identities were instrumental in my idea of celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime-event and my senior neighbor-friend's Canadian non-practicing Jewish friends who happen to be vacationing here at the moment.
The feast wouldn't be complete sans kosher take-out Hummus

For the benefit of my readers who have no idea what "Thanksgivukkah" is or Thanksgiving or Hanukkah, allow me to seek aid from one of my many cyber-friends, BuzzFeed, that managed to pull together a tasteful, and informative ensemble of factual-visual feast proportions. 

Anyway, to not betray the title and purpose of this post, I'll get to the point. I would like to express gratitude for the presents that were given to me tonight. The three books are all of interest to me, and after googling for a while, I've already fallen in-love with them and their author's stories. There are no better gift than books. 

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