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Friday, December 10, 2004

Belated Hanukkah Wishes

Okay, we need to settle on a spelling of this holiday. I don't know how many K's, how many N's, whether there's a C at the beginning, or whether there's an H on the end. Leaving me with 16 choices. Hanuka, Hanukah, Hanukka, Hanukkah, Chanuka, Chanukah, Chanukka, or Chanukkah, and all 8 of those with two N's instead of just one. Some are clearly more popular than others. As a public service, I've googled all of them. Revealing, in order from most popular to least:

2,300,000 results
including the History Channel and the Jewish Outreach Institute

1,240,000 results
including the Jewish World Review and

300,000 results
including and the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation

191,000 results
including a press release from the International Society for Sephardic Progress and a page called "Fun Social Studies"

86,400 results
including "Jewish Children International" and ""

75,300 results
including Beth-El Shaddai Messianic Synagogue and

52,800 results
including the Woody Guthrie Foundation (yes, I'm stretching now) and, the website for supporters of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

41,100 results
including the Jewish Learning Initiative at Yale and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

26,900 results
including (that bastion of Jewishness) and "Jews in Green: The Ultimate Resource for Jewish Service Members"

24,600 results
including the American Israel Numismatic Association (how many members you think?) and the Society for Humanistic Judaism

9,110 results
including the Waldorf School in Lexington, MA and "Shalom Village" in Canada

7,960 results
including Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, CA and some guy's personal web site at the University of Connecticut

3,120 results
including pretty much no site that doesn't also spell it one of the more popular ways somewhere else on the page

1,950 results
including on a free sewing pattern and the message boards (inspires confidence this is the right one, doesn't it?)

1,690 results
including a site called, appropriately enough, and a Temple in Connecticut selling "hand-dipped" candles for the holiday.

264 results, making it less popular than a search for "eating mold" (really -- that came in at 326)
including a toddler's photo album and a bunch of German sites

Since the Internet is, well, the Internet, there's also 27 results for Hanuuka, 13 results for Chanuqa, and 2 results for Chanukkkkkka.

Can you tell I don't want to be writing a paper this evening? :)