Is Hanukkah Sexy? by the Forward

Is Hanukkah Sexy?

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When I first saw a story on the Cut arguing that Christmas should not be made sexy, my first thought was that Dan Savage has been arguing this for years. My second was, of course, whether Hanukkah is sexy. Or, indeed, whether anyone’s trying to make that case.

And the answer, to the second question, is, kind of? The Schlep Sisters are still performing Hanukkah burlesque. And a mildly NSFW 2008 post declares one Jewish woman “the sexiest menorah ever.”

Any holiday involving candles and not necessarily not involving wine could, I suppose, get the “sexy” treatment. That said, my own observance involves a kind of atavistic compulsion to fry potatoes. And there’s nothing especially sultry about either latke preparation or, I venture to say, latke consumption. So my vote would be that Hanukkah, while delightful, is not sexy.

Contemplating the Sex Appeal of Hanukkah

Contemplating the Sex Appeal of Hanukkah

Phoebe Maltz Bovy edits the Sisterhood, and can be reached at Her book, The Perils of “Privilege”, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in March 2017.

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Phoebe Maltz Bovy

Phoebe Maltz Bovy is a former editor of the Sisterhood blog at the Forward. Her writing has appeared in several publications, including The New Republic and The Atlantic. Her book, “The Perils of ‘Privilege,’” was published by St. Martin’s Press in March 2017. She has a PhD in French and French Studies from New York University, and has read a lot of 19th century French Jewish newspapers for a 21st century American.

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