Shingles Surgeries Thanksgiving Thanksgivukkah and Menurkey

A little over two weeks ago my mother was diagnosed with Shingles. We know now that they had been coming on for at least a few days. We thought she had pulled something in her back, but no, this is attack No. 2, the first being twenty-something years ago. While the break-outs were far less than last time, the nerve pain remains at a lesser level. She is still on some heavy-duty pain meds for her age. This week she celebrates her 92nd birthday. We are hoping the pain is temporary. Her doctor gently explained to her that some times the pain remains and as you age, your vulnerability to permanent pain is increased. So we are waiting and praying for the pain to move on. I believe it will, and she will be celebrating her birthday and sitting at our Thanksgiving table on Thursday.


Hubby has had two minor surgeries over the same period of time. He is doing great. Our daughters, son-in-law and GrandGirls are coming from Kansas for Thanksgiving, so with some scary events behind us, we are doing what you are doing, being thankful, and preparing to share our gratitude and blessings with family.

Findalis has generously been posting here while I’ve been distracted. She mentioned that Chanukah (Hanukkah, Chanukkah) this year begins on the evening of November 27th, the first time in 125 years that the first day of Chanukah has fallen on Thanksgiving Day (or Thanksgiving Day has fallen on the first day of Chanukah). She calls it “Menurkey,” Menorah + Turkey = Menurkey. This rare day is also referred to as Thanksgivukkah. Visit her at Monkey in the Middle. She is always worth a read and is a great patriot.

If you are not familiar with what is behind the Chanukah celebration, the short video below by Rabbi Wyne explains it in a way you may not have heard it before. Note that he says the celebration is about “religious determination.”

Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish also writes today of a version of “religious determination,” or the lack of it, in Jewish Culture, Revelation and Continuity. He refers to a Pew survey and an article by Daniel Gordis. The focus is on “revelation” and the conservative Jewish community in America today. This from the Sultan:

Religion without revelation has no integrity of content. Without revelation, religion is mere philosophy. If the religion is not of divine origin, then it’s merely philosophy. And you don’t build a community around concepts only a fraction of its people would be interested in or understand.

Religion without revelation is random intellectual inquiry packaged as something more. Without a Divine core, it is reduced to searching for the “divine in all of us”. If there is no G-d who spoke to man and conveyed specific words, instructions and ideas, then all that remains is an aimless spirituality that provides no reason for maintaining the specific integrity of a community around it. Read it at Sultan Knish.

A timely truth for Jews and Christians.

Chanukah Menorah

Chanukah Menorah

At Chanukah 2010, Daniel wrote of celebrating the war to protect religious beliefs:

Holidays aren’t mere parties, they’re messages. Knots of time that we tie around the fingers of our lives so that we remember what our ancestors meant us to never forget. That they lived and died for a reason. The party is a celebration, but if we forget what it celebrates, then it becomes a celebration of nothing but materialism. A hollow and soulless festival of the self. The Maccabees fought to resist having their culture and their religion, replaced with just that kind of empty hedonism and self-worship. They fought because they believed they had something worth fighting for. Not for their possessions, but for their traditions, their families and their G-d. The celebration of Chanukah is not just how we remember them, but how we remember that we are called upon to keep their watch. To take up their banner and carry their sword.

As we gather with family and friends between now and Christmas, we will give thanks for blessings, some more abundant, some more obvious, than others, but always sufficient. And more than any other year in my lifetime, I will keep present the fight others have sacrificed and died for to protect the revelation of Divinity, protected in my country as no other country does, by my American unalienable right. At the same time, I will pray for Divine protection right here on our own soil, not from the enemy without, but from the enemy within. Never before have we have had reason to be terrified of our own leaders on both sides of the aisle and a full half of our citizens engaged in an ignorant “hollow and soulless festival of the self.”

I’m looking forward to getting back to Maggie’s Notebook. It may take a few more days, but I’ll be baaaaack. In case I don’t have another chance to say it, Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Chanukah.

Chanukah with Rabbi Wyne (video)

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  • Hope all is well there at home for Thanksgiving, patriot~



  • My heart goes out to your mother.
    I had shingles in my ear, 12 years ago.

    • Laura, OUCH! Shingles anyway from the neck and above must be terrible. I hope you’ve had the shot.

  • Have a joyous and tasty Menurkey this year. Remember that without the Maccabees and their determination the Jewish people would have ceased to exist.

    • findalis, hope yours was “joyous and tasty,” on that special day and time of the year.

  • Well said. And welcome back to the blogosphere. Glad your mom is on the mend. Extra prayers for her swift and complete healing.

    • Thanks Opus. Love having the prayers from my friends. I hope you and your beautiful family had a beautiful Thanksgiving and Chanukkah.

  • Neo

    Happy Thanksgiving and Chanukah, we’ll be thinking of and praying for you all, especially you, and your Mom, Maggie. It’s pretty wonderful that you still have her, and I hope you will for a long time yet.

    • Neo, thank you for the prayers. Yes, it is so incredibly wonderful that I still have my Mom, who has a very good mind (a little forgetful, but not much for her age). When she is feeling well, which is most of the time, we can lunch in new places and shop together. She has a great sense of humor and brings jokes printed out to me. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  • Happy Thanksgiving, Maggie. I’ll keep your mom on my prayer list. Thanks for providing us with a world class blog!

    • Adrienne, thank you so much, and doubly so for prayer. It means a lot coming from you.

  • Just stopping by to wish all at Maggie’s Notebook a very happy, safe and blessed Thanksgiving!

    • Steve, thanks for the Thanksgiving blessings. I always appreciate them. Hope you had a great day of good food, football and gratitude.

  • My mother got it for the first time at 83 years of age. Fortunately I had gotten her to her doctors for the singles shot the previous year, which abated it somewhat.
    As my physician explained, each year and every patient they are learning more about the malady. In my family it seems to target the girls, my mother and both my sisters got hit. For me, so far, so good.

    I wish your mother a speedy recovery and for the “care giver”, stay strong!

    • John the River, this is the second time I’ve heard of having a Shingles re-occurence after the shot. Thank you for taking time to leave a comforting message and my apologies for just taking so long to respond.

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  • A very happy thanksgiving to you and your family, and thanks as well to a fellow patriot with a great blog.

    • Bunker, thanks so much for stopping by. My apologies for just now reading these heart-warming comments. I appreciate your kind words.

  • Happy Thanksgiving Maggie. May this day brighten the outcomes of the not so happy events.

    • Thank you Odie. You always brighten my day!

  • Maggie, Stopping by to wish a Happy Thanksgiving, Chanukah to you and your family. Your mother as well as yourselves are in our prayers. Peace and blessings, D.

    • PUMA, thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes and prayers. I planned to get out and do the same, but it didn’t happen. Sending peace and blessings for a wonderful Christmas right back to you.

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  • God bless you and yours, Maggie. It’s so good to see people caring for their family members. That too is our victory in this war.

    BTW, spruced up the Globe & Malevolence a bit:

    • Thank you Arlen and my apologies for taking so long to get here. The Globe and Malevolence looks great. You are providing a terrific service.