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Are you turkey shy?

1 hour, 27 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 10 December 2012

One in four have never made a Christmas lunch. Vanessa asks what Xmassy thing you've never done? The offering from the Mistress of the Words is penumbra, and a birthday number 1 from this day in 1979 is by The Police - Walking On The Moon. Rabbi Debbie reflects on the Jewish Festival of Lights Hanukkah.
Contact the show via email - vfeltz@bbc.co.uk.

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    Duets - 36 Of The World's Greatest Ever, Telstar

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    East 17 Stay Another Day

    East 17 - Steam, London

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    Andy Burrows Hometown

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    Faith Hill This Kiss

    New Hits 99 (Various Artists), Global Television

  • Image for Paloma Faith

    Paloma Faith Just Be

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    • Image for Paul Simon

      Paul Simon 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover

      Paul Simon - Negotiations & Love Song, Warner Bros, 6

  • Image for Phil Collins

    Phil Collins Dance Into The Light

    Phil Collins - Dance Into The Light, Face Value

  • Image for The Killers

    The Killers Here With Me

    (CD Single), Mercury, 1

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    Erasure A Little Respect

    Erasure - Pop!, Mute Records

  • Image for JD McPherson

    JD McPherson Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)

    (CD Single), Rounder Records

  • Image for Fleet Foxes

    Fleet Foxes White Winter Hymnal

    Fleet Foxes, Bella Union, 1


    • Image for The Police

      The Police Walking On The Moon

      The Very Best Of The Police, A&M

  • Image for Robbie Williams

    Robbie Williams Different

    (CD Single), Island, 4

  • Image for Marvin Gaye

    Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell Ain't No Mountain High Enough

    Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: Greatest Hits, Tamla Motown

  • Pause For Thought with Rabbie Debbie Young-Somers of the West London Synagogue

    Saturday was the start of week long festival of Chanukah, so this week on Pause for Thought we will be taking some time to think about light.

    Ten years ago I was celebrating Chanukah in one of the darker places of the world come December; Sweden. I didn’t think the short days and long nights would affect me very much, and I actually enjoyed the Scandinavian winter. But when we reached spring, I suddenly found myself grinning for no reason, and enjoying a sense of well being that I couldn’t really place – until I realised it was the returning sunshine! But there was also something beautiful about the quiet darkness, not only the lovely and warming human attempts to bring light; from electric candelabras in windows to public art that gave out light.

    Chanukah is deliberately placed at the darkest time of the year. While the winter solistice, the shortest day in terms of sunlight, isn’t until the 21st of December, Judaism follows a lunar calander so Chanukah always falls over the new moon – when the moon is at her thinnest, making it the time we have the least sunlight and the least moonlight, so that our nights are as dark as they are long.

    On each night of Chanukah, we light an extra candle, beginning with one on the first night, two on the second, until the whole Chanukiah is filled with lights. And we are supposed to place the Chanukiah, if at all possible, in a window so that the world beyond us will see and benefit from the light. The ancient rabbis debated whether we should begin with a full Chanukiah and work backwards, or begin with just one candle and add to it. They decided on adding so that we would remember we should always be bringing more light into the world, not less.

    As our highstreets and homes fill with lights and all sorts of human attempts to bring warmth into our dark winter, Chanukah for me is an opportunity to remember that there is always more we can do to bring light into our lives and the lives of those around us, cutting through the darkness with smiles, warmth and human light, and perhaps finding time to notice and appreciate the darkness too.

  • Word of the Day

    Word of the Day

    Mistress of the Word revealed that the shadowy area created between areas of complete shadow and complete illumination, and commonly observed during an eclipse, is called a penumbra.


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