We were recently reading in Alfred Kolatch’s JEWISH BOOK OF WHY about the Hanukkah custom of riding motorcycles late into the night. Now, we like a Bike Night as much as the next person, but we’d never heard of this tradition. Obviously, we’ve been hanging at all the wrong Jews.
Plenty of rabbis have frowned on these Bike Nights, Kolatch claims, but no less a big-shot than Rabbi Levi Yitzhak the Berdichever spoke up in favor of them, arguing—get this—that marathon riding sessions would help condition yeshiva students to stay up late, a skill they could then use during long nights studying the Torah.
OK, far be it from us to second-guess Big Berdi. But honestly, that sounds like some serious rationalization to us. Look, it’s cool with us if you want to ride ‘til dawn. It’s better than cool. It’s great. Call us up, we’ll bring the beer. But don’t give us this Torah-study training cover story. Because you know what would train you even better to stay up late studying Torah? Staying up late studying Torah.
This Wine Motorcycle Helmet is for anyone who’s celebrating straight through the holiday like a sufganiyot-fueled party machine, and doesn’t need a pious excuse. Come on, turn up the music! Fry up the potato pancakes! Wiggle like a glow worm, dance like a spinning dreidel! Light this year’s Hanukkah candles at both ends, kids—because it's going to be the awesomest eight-night-all-night party ever.
Besides, there’ll be plenty of time to catch up on sleep in a few days when everything closes for Christmas.
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