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12/02/2009

Chanukah: The Festival of Lights

From the World ORT website: Chanukah (also spelled Hanukah and Hanukkah), the Festival of Lights, is celebrated for eight days to commemorate the victory of the Jews over the Hellenist Syrians in 165 BCE.

Hanukkah Menorah and Dreidel Greeting Cards by TamarHammer

Following their victory, the Maccabees, who led the Jews in their revolt against the Syrian overlords, entered the Holy Temple in Jerusalem defiled by the Syrian invaders, cleansed it and dedicated it anew to the service of God. Then, in memory of their victory, the Maccabees celebrated the first Chanukah. (Chanukah is the Hebrew term for dedication).

Chanukah Scrabble Tile Pendant by poemweave

The Talmud, the body of Jewish oral law, relates how the Judean heroes, led by Judah Maccabee, were making ready to rededicate the Temple and were unable to find enough undefiled oil to light the lamps. However, in one of the Temple chambers, they came upon a small cruse of oil which, under normal circumstances, would have lasted only one evening. Miraculously, this small amount of oil kept the Temple lights burning, not for one night, but for all the eight nights until new oil fit for use in the Temple could be obtained. This is the miracle commemorated by the kindling of the Chanukah lights on the Menorah, a nine-branch candelabrum. On each night, one more light is kindled, beginning with one candle on the first night of Chanukah and ending with eight on the final evening. The ninth branch is reserved for the shamash, the servant light, which is lit first and used to kindle the other lights of the Menorah The lighting is accompanied by the chanting of appropriate blessings and the singing of songs.

Jerusalem Glass Menorah by yafitglass

Beeswax Chanukah Candles by MileEndSoapandCandle

Chanukah is a joyful family festival. Gifts are exchanged, parties are given, children play games and latkes (potato pancakes) are served. These are delicacies made with oil, long associated with Chanukah.

Chanukah Latke Platter by LennyMud

The children play dreidel, a game of luck. The dreidel has four sides, each bearing a Hebrew letter – nun, gimel, hey, and shin – the initials of “Ness Gadol Haya Sham” meaning “a great miracle took place there.”

Dreidel Chanukah Hanukkah Custom Sterling Silver Necklace by The SilverDiva

And should you want to send a Chanukah “cod,” look no further!

The Chanukah Cod by CapeCard

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6 Comments »

  1. Thank you so much for including the Chanukah Cod along with the other lovely designs here.

    Comment by Andrew Newman — 12/03/2009 @ 12:08 am

  2. Thanks so much for including my platter on your blog!! I love this entry!

    Comment by Lorrie — 12/03/2009 @ 8:45 am

  3. Such a nice summary of the Hanukkah story. Thank you for including my Jerusalem glass menorah. Happy Hanukkah!

    Comment by Yafit Haba — 12/03/2009 @ 11:35 am

  4. Lovely post about the story of Hanukkah Lois.
    Thank you so much, for including my menorah and dreidel cards.
    Happy Hanukkah!

    Comment by Tamar — 12/05/2009 @ 12:37 am

  5. Great links! I love these, especially traditional items with a sense of humor.

    Comment by Tammy — 12/07/2009 @ 2:29 pm

  6. I found that really interesting – thanks! I haven’t had any exposure to Chanukah or Hanukkah, a very cool story about the lights 🙂

    Comment by Jac-BerCreations — 12/08/2009 @ 3:50 pm


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