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Has Chanukah become too commercialized?


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Visitor Comments: 21

(21) onepcwhiz, December 26, 2007 10:24 AM


Come on Colbert... show some guts.. make fun of Islam... do it... then I'll be your number one fan...

(20) Reg Saretsky, December 13, 2007 8:06 PM

Since this is the Season of Wassail, Good cheer, etc...

Should Jewlarious consider morphing the Bronfman Brothers story into, say, a "Jews & Booze" fora?

Honestly, they did spearhead the quick conversion of a rural backwater into 1920's America's fount of firewater. During Prohibition,, Saskatchewan Rye replaced Kentucky burbon as the real McCoy...

(19) Reg Saretsky, December 13, 2007 10:24 AM

Re Sam Bronfman

Bronfman eventually built an empire based on the appeal of brand names developed previously by Seagram - including Calvert, Dewars, and Seven Crown - to higher level consumers.

" His sales were boosted during the United States' abortive experiment with prohibition, and he was apparently able to do so while staying within the confines of both Canadian law where prohibition laws had been previously repealed and American law, while dealing with unsavory characters such as the Chicago Outfit of Al Capone."

Sam, once the Canadian Prairie's richest man, rates an article!

Suffice to say, for all the railing against " ...this Isrealite's house of liquor distribution Debauching our fair Province of Saskatchewan...." ( an actual quote), Sam's operations pumped a huge amount of hard currency into three Provinces suffering from drought, post war agicultural depression,& the crippling debts of World War One.
Arguably, he kept the West afloat until the farm prices improved in the mid 1920's. As my Gramps said,
"Sermons buy heaven but Sam buys Christman", (he paid cash on the spot for 'supplies'.until distilling was legalised again.....)

Plus, Sam would finance the heavy springed Studebaker Six's for his ,uhhh couriers...

No Sam Bronfman, no Christman cheer...


(18) bob, December 12, 2007 6:32 PM



(17) Reg Saretsky, December 12, 2007 12:34 PM

As a christian,...

I would find it sad if Chanukah ever resembles Christmas.

Christmas was supposed to absorb "Yule", the coming of light into the world,& the bonding of all against the cold & the dark.

Instead, we have morphed it into 'Saturnalia.'

But, as my dentist Dr. Goldstein says,

"Hey, why don't we just celebrate it as the birth of a nice Jewish boy who saved the world when he went into his own line of business.."

I asked if he meant Sam Bronfman - since we are both from Saskatchewan...

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