“It’s hard to be a Jew on Christmas, my friends won’t let me join in any games, and I can’t sing Christmas songs or decorate a Christmas tree, or leave water out for Rudolph ’cause there’s something wrong with me!” – “The Lonely Jew on Christmas,” South Park
Kyle Broflovski’s Judaic lament appears on “Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics,” an album as tasteless—and funny—as the show itself. While all other South Park residents are busy with visions of dancing sugarplums, Kyle believes he is “stuck” with Hanukkah, a relatively minor holiday on the Jewish calendar that is forced to compete with the most popular holy day in Christendom. After a profanity-laced rant put to song, Kyle is reminded of all the things he doesn’t have to do: he doesn’t have to be on his best behavior; he doesn’t have to give to charity; he doesn’t have to go to Grandma’s house with his alcoholic family. Happiness is restored by song’s end.
In celebration of Kyle’s realization on his personal road to Damascus (yes, a New Testament reference; please no emails), we present eight advisor Hanukkah wishes for 2012.
No. 1: Battle With the Canaanites
In the time of the Judges, Israel’s general Barak—no relation that we’re aware of —engaged the Canaanites with a woefully understaffed and underequipped army. But with God on your side anything’s possible, and the former came out the victor. Whether the current Barack will be as fortuitous in his skirmishes with Congressional Republicans is yet to be seen, but we’re all a bit battle weary. A break from the action to get something done is a most welcome wish.
No. 2: The Book of Job
Maybe they should read this book to help with the unemployment crisis (What? We’re confused?).
No. 3: The Advisor’s Akhrayut
Clarity on the fiduciary standard of care is quickly becoming a perennial wish. The DOL, SEC and FINRA have all weighed in on the topic, but as 2012 begins, we’re no closer to resolution.
No. 4: The Prodigal Un