Two Major Hanukkah Fails

December 16, 2014

Hanukkah, the festival of lights, is an eight-day Jewish celebration that occurs every winter. It’s celebrated by millions of people, so we don’t know why these people seem to have no idea about it.

  • HanukkahScott Walker is the governor of Wisconsin, and he’s considering a presidential run in 2016. Last spring, he attended the Republican Jewish Coalition meetings in Las Vegas to introduce himself to new donor bases. A few months later, group chairman Franklyn Gimbel wanted to see how committed Walker was to his group’s interests, and asked the governor if he would be willing to display a menorah on government property during the holiday season. Walker wrote a letter to Gimbel to announce that a menorah would be played at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. He signed the letter, “thank you again, and Molotov.” We’re pretty sure he meant mazel tov, a Hebrew/Yiddish phrase for “good luck,” and not a reference to an improvised explosive.
  • Like a lot of retailers, Hallmark sells cards and wrapping paper relating to Hanukkah. The chain was forced to recall hundreds of rolls of a traditionally blue-and-silver Hanukkah gift wrap from its own stores and third-party retailers after receiving a complaint from a customer. A woman bought a roll at a California Walgreens and found that the angular, silver, rectangular pattern…formed swastikas. Hallmark pulled the paper and quickly, profusely apologized.