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“Pecker” Is Such The Appropriate Name For The Man Who Owns The “National Enquirer”.

by Anura Guruge

It is easy to work out the slang connotation of ‘Pecker’. I know of a great woodpecker joke. It’s punchline tells you all that you need to know of the name ‘pecker’. It goes: ‘So, it is true. Your pecker does get harder the further you are from home‘.

Well, I am just curious as to what Donald Trump is calling David Pecker of late. I am sure it is a derivation, starting with ‘P’, but a tad shorter than ‘Pecker’ per se.

David Pecker is Jewish. So, like all the Jewish ‘Millers’, his surname doesn’t reflect the usual English roots, i.e., somebody involved in ‘packing’ (as in wool or fish into a barrel). I really didn’t spend much time trying to research it (because it is not that important) but from the little I gather it appears that Jews in Europe have been using it for some time now.

Well right now I am only interested in Pecker in is obviously humorous context — because, of late, I have decided that all you can do in the current situation involving Trump is to try and see the funny side of it.

With luck we should get some real good Pecker jokes over the next few weeks. The current batch, on Twitter, is rather tame and obvious. So, get cracking.

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‘B&H’ Photo — A Major Camera Outlet — Closed For 9-Days, Straight, For 2017 Passover.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE and read here. ‘B&H’ link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com

Of course it is their prerogative and you have to admire them for their commitment and steadfastness.

I kind of got used to ‘BuyDig‘ (a.k.a. ‘Beach Camera‘) closing for Jewish holidays when I used to buy cameras from them. But, I don’t remember them ever closing for that long.

No big deal. I do not recall buying anything major from ‘B&H’ though I used to enjoy getting their thick, and jam-packed printed catalogue.

This is just a heads up.

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by Anura Guruge

2017 Jewish Passover Just 4-Days Ahead Of April 14, Good Friday — cf. Last Year’s 28-Day Gap.

by Anura Guruge

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Chart of the gap between Passover & Good Friday
1990 – 2025


Given that the original ‘Friday’, the basis for Good Friday, occurred on or around the Jewish Passover it should not come as much of a surprise that Passover and Good Friday can occur close together — sometimes even on the SAME DAY as was the case in 2015 & 2012 and WILL BE the case, two-years running, 2018 & 2019.

But given that Easter is your classic ‘movable Feast’, based on both a Full Moon and the Spring Equinox, there can also be large gaps, as much as 28-days as was the case last year, i.e., 2016.

But this year they are just 4 days apart.

Passover: Monday, April 10, 2017.

Good Friday: Friday, April 14, 2017.

Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 16, 2017.

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When Is Hanukkah (Chanukah) 2016 — December 24th or December 25th (Christmas)?

by Anura Guruge

It is the adjacency to Christmas that makes this rather important —
Hanukkah not falling on Christmas day that often.

You would think that there would be NO discrepancy.

But, there is. As you will see.

And yes, I understand that Jewish holidays start at sundown where a ‘day’, per the ‘European’ calendar/convention, starts at midnight. And with Hanukkah there is the ‘first day’ — though that is when the first candle is lit. So, it would not, and should not, be taken as the next day.

And we do have a definitive answer
(as of Friday, November 25, 2016) thanks to

Chani Benjaminson of Chabad.org (referenced below).

“The Jewish day begins the night before, so while the first day of Chanukkah 2016 will be on the 25th, the first night is the 24th and that’s when the first Menorah candle will be lit. See this handy calendar for more details:


Best wishes,

Chani Benjaminson


Time and Date” an accepted source for such information says
December 25, 2016.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above to access original.

chabad.org, that appears quite Jewish, says December 24!



Wikipedia concurs, with December 25 — i.e., Christmas. “Farmer’s Almanac” also says December 24!

Then there is this — “The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism“.
They sound like an outfit that would know this stuff. They claim December 25!


So, I am confused. I just wanted to research when it falls on Christmas. Thanks.

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Happy Purim 2016 — One Jewish Holiday Where One Can Safely Say ‘Happy’.

by Anura Guruge


“The Banquet of Esther and Ahasuerus” and the story of Purim is told in the Biblical book of Esther.

Given that I am a bit slow on the uptake, despite efforts by a number of good Jews, I have never been able to keep the Jewish holidays straight and always worry that I might use the wrong appellation, in particular ‘happy’, when sending a Jewish person a greeting on a Jewish holidays. In the same I know NOT to wish any thinking Christians ‘Happy Good Friday’ — ‘Happy’, as it relates to Easter, only applicable on Sunday. But wish Purim, I gather, though I could still be wrong, that the correct and appropriate greeting is indeed Happy Purim. So Happy Purim.

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Nominee Merrick Garland IF Confirmed Will Be 9th Jewish U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

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From Wikipedia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merrick_Garland. Click to ENLARGE and read here.

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From ‘Jewish Virtual Library’ at jewishvirtuallibrary.org. Click to ENLARGE and view here.

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Easter 2016 — On Sunday March 27 Is Very Special … Last In YOUR Lifetime!

by Anura Guruge


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As some of you know I am intrigued by dates and names and have an incurable addiction for computer-aided (i.e., Excel spreadsheet powered) analysis of dates and names. And as addictions go this is pretty inexpensive, other than in my time, and harmless (though my other addiction, compulsive options trading, takes hardly any time and always makes money).

Well I had created a small spreadsheet to do the Purim and Easter one day apart in 2016 post. And having any type of spreadsheet with dates is a very dangerous thing to I — as the addiction kicks in like a mule on steroids. So yesterday, unable to resist, I populated a new page of that spreadsheet with the Dates of Easter for 300 years (1777 – 2076). It was fun. I then crunched them this-way and that and that even more fun. Yes, I will regale you with data, analysis and charts in the coming days.

Part of the analysis I did was when Easter cycles back to the same day — given that I have two daughters with birthdays in the Easter period, March 22 and April 4. March 22nd is the EARLIEST that Easter can happen and the last time it fell on March 22 was 1818. The next time it will fall on March 22 is in 2285. So Teischan will never celebrate a birthday on Easter. On the other hand Danielle has already had two birthdays on Easter, 1999 & 2010, and will have a third in 2021.

Easter falls 3.3 times more often in April than in March. Plus (as I have found) there are a few prominent repetition cycles for the days: 11, 46, 57 and 141 — 11 the most prevalent.

Danielle’s April 4th is right now in the midst of a 11-year cycle — 1999, 2010, 2021.

Easter on March 27 has happened 10 times in the 300 years (1777 – 2076): 1785, 1796, 1842, 1853, 1864, 1910, 1921, 1932, 2005 & 2016.

So the repetition cycles were: 11, 46, 11, 11, 46, 11, 11, 73, 11.

So yes, Easter 2005 was on March 27.

So there could be people who have seen Easter on a March 27th in 1921, 1932 & 2005. (I think 1910 is close to the upper limit).

So much more over the next few days.

Isn’t this fun. I am, truth be known, very thankful that I am addicted to analyzing dates. It could be much, much worse. SMILE.

Happy Easter. This one is very special. ENJOY.

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What is More Important: Good Friday or Easter Sunday?

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read this SNIPPET here. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access original thread at ‘Debate.org’. 

It was doing the Jewish Purim one day apart from Good Friday post, yesterday, that got me thinking. With that post and the one I did last year about Passover being on the same weekend I used Good Friday as the key date (though I included Easter Sunday too).

Given my interest in religious history I can argue on either side of this. Yes, I know, understand and appreciate the basics. Crucifixion vs. Resurrection. The Passion, the suffering and redemption of sin vs. hope, eternal life (and the true basis of what makes Christianity, Christianity).

That Good Friday is not a Federal Holiday in the very Christian (60%++) U.S. always amazes me. Growing up in very Buddhist Ceylon we had BOTH Good Friday and Easter Monday off — thanks to the British/European influence.

I am glad that this question gets debated. Do YOU have an opinion or preference?

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2016: Easter Good Friday And Jewish Purim One Day Apart. Very Rare.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. My creation so I can claim copyright.

Last year, i.e., 2015, we had Easter and Jewish Passover fall on the same weekend. The first full day of Passover cannot happen on a Friday. So you can never have the first day of Passover on Good Friday. But as was the case last year you can have the start of Passover, at sunset, taking place on Good Friday. Passover and Good Friday being a day apart happens quite often — as you can see from the table. And this makes sense since these two ‘Holy Days’ were once related.

Purim occurring near Easter is more rare — though Purim can fall on Good Friday as it did in 2005 & 2008.

Passover alway occurs 30 days after Purim. So you can see why Purim doesn’t occur that often close to Easter. As to the big fluctuations. Mainly to do with the fact the Jewish calendar, by and large, is Lunar-based.

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Does Ed Miliband, Next Presumptive U.K. PM, Have Any Indian In Him?

Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail.
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by Anura Guruge

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Ed Miliband’s early bio from Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE and read here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Miliband to access original.


Given that I didn’t see much U.K. TV until I got SkyNews via my Roku 3 and BBC News (for awhile) via DirecTV during the last few months, I had not seen much of Ed Miliband or even know who he was.

The very first time I saw him, during PM’s Question Time, I just ASSUMED that he must have had an Indian parent! Would not be at all unusual in multiracial Britain. From then on each and every time I would see him I would be struck by his Indian appearance. With the elections looking it struck me that he could be the first Indian PM of the U.K. Not a bad thing at all and I, for one, would be delighted, though I am, of course, not an Indian (and have never been good looking or smart enough to be one). The other night I was forced to go check his parentage on Wikipedia. (See above) I was very surprised. But that, as we all know, means diddly.

It is as with Prince Harry — and I am no stranger to James Hewitt. I can never look at an image of Harry and NOT be reminded of James. As a Web acquaintance once said, you would have to be very drunk and be squinting in a special way NOT to see the resemblance.

It is possible with Miliband that the Indian connection could be from an earlier generation.

Am I the ONLY one who sees the Indian?

I also just had an e-mail from the U.K. saying that, if ‘elected’, he would be the first atheist PM. I checked. He has never said he was an atheist. He claimed to be a Jewish atheist — and I am adding that to my favorite list of oxymorons. You can’t be Jewish and an atheist. You could be ‘born Jewish’ and an atheist. AND if you were just wondering Benjamin Disraeli, as attested by his name was born Jewish, converted to Anglicanism at 12. And NO there have been no Catholic PMs. But, of course, we have had a female PM.