Every Question You Have About Hanukah: Answered By Mayim Bialik

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2017-12-17

Former Blossom star and current Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik just published a Facebook video to inform the public about Hanukkah. Bialik discussed everything from the Festival of Lights, to the origin story in this quick five-minute video.

“Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that happens every winter,” began the Big Bang Theory star. “Because Jewish people use a lunar calendar as opposed as a solar Gregorian calendar (which most of the world uses), the holiday tends to shift around.”

“People have a lot of misconceptions about Hanukkah,” Mayim Bialik added.

The Big Bang Theory Star Describes Hanukkah

TBBT Set | Photo Credit Mayim Bialik

The video is refreshing since a lot of people do not know much about the holiday. With so much Christmas cheer in the stores, most children are even unaware of the truth about the Jewish holiday.

In comparison, stores like Target or Wal-Mart will have perhaps one aisle of Hanukkah items while they have dozens of aisles of Christmas décor, gifts, and more. This year, the holiday begins on Mayim Bialik’s birthday.

So far, the video has a little over 66,000 views in total.

Celebrate The Holidays On TBBT

The Big Bang Theory | Photo Credit CBS

On the small screen, the character Howard Wolowitz is also Jewish. However, most of the episodes focus on Christmas for the various characters. One of the best episodes revolves around Amy and Sheldon sharing Christmas gifts.

At dinner one night, the two decide to exchange gifts. Sheldon Cooper had always had problems with Christmas, but the season gets better for him every year. On this occasion, he gets a special gift from Amy Farrah Fowler.

Amy reached out to Sheldon’s family and got the recipe for his MeeMaw’s cookies. Until this moment, Sheldon viewed gift giving as an obligatory action. Giving one item only to get another in return seemed counterintuitive until Amy got him this gift.

It’s unclear if this YouTube video will affect the writing of the show. Perhaps this year, the writers will add some more Hanukkah cheer to the series. After all, not everyone celebrates Christmas.

What is your favorite holiday episode of The Big Bang Theory?

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