On the 8th night of Chanukah my bubby gave to me...
The Jews found enough oil to last for 1 day, but God miraculously made the oil last for 7 more days. So why do we celebrate 8 days of Chanukah, if only 7 days were miraculous? We celebrate all 8 days to teach us that even the first day was a miracle - it was the “miracle” of nature, that God makes oil burn in the first place.
Dreidel dreidel dreidel...you know the song!
We play dreidel on Chanukah to commemorate how the Jewish children used to play dreidel when the Greek patrols walked by, to hide the fact that the Jewish children had been studying Torah. The Greeks and many other nations have tried to squelch our study of Torah for thousands of generations, but the Torah and the Jewish people keep going strong to this very day.
Milk and CookiesVia Micah YoungPeas and CarrotsVia fotodujour.com
Latkes (aka potato pancakes)!
Why do we have latkes you ask? Because they're delicious! And also because they're cooked in oil which reminds of us the miracle of Chanukah.
The root of Kislev כשל means hope or trust. After the temple was ransacked by the Greeks, the Jews were hoping and searching for any bit of salvageable oil, and because of their continued hope they found one jar. The Jews also exhibited an immense amount of trust and faith that God was looking out for them, which was then revealed through the oil lasting 8 days!
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It's tricky, for sure. Usually a question for Bubby. Here's an easy way to remember: REPLACE from the RIGHT. LIGHT from the LEFT. Another hint is that you want to light the newest candle first, which will be on the farthest left.
This fried, oily goodness commemorates the miracle of the oil lasting for 8 days, much like the latkes. Fun Fact: Around 17.5 million donuts are eaten in Israel during Chanukah!
The Shammus IS part of the menorah, however it is NOT one of the Chanukah candles. It is specifically there because we are not allowed to use the Chanukah candles for a productive purpose. That's why we use the Shammus to light each candle, rather than lighting from one to the other. Was that an unfair question?
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Oy vey, there are 16 different ways to spell it... you basically can't spell it wrong!
Are You A Maccabee Or A Wannabee?
We get it, it's been a while since last Chanukah. You just needed to brush up on your facts. Now you're ready for the festival of lights! Are you an NCSY Alumni? The annual iLight competition is back! Be sure to like us on Facebook (NCSYAlumni) and submit your best menorah photos for a chance to win an iPad mini!
You are strong and resilient, excited and eager, knowledgeable and prepared, just like the Maccabees were. Chanukah is less than one week away, and you're pumped! Are you an NCSY Alumni? The annual iLight competition is back! Be sure to like us on Facebook (NCSYAlumni) and submit your best menorah photos for a chance to win an iPad mini!