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Latkes, candles, gifts and giggles


We celebrated the first night with homemade latkes(potato pancakes), matzo ball soup, gifts and lots of giggles. It’s a wonderful time of the year to give thanks, share joy and remember our past.

Here is some more information and history:

Official name Hebrewחֲנֻכָּה or חנוכה
English translation: “Establishing” or “Dedication” (of the Temple in Jerusalem)
Also called Festival of Lights, Festival of Dedication
Observed by Jews
Type Jewish festival
Significance The Maccabees successfully rebelled against Antiochus IV Epiphanes. According to theTalmud, a late text, the Temple was purified and the wicks of the menorah miraculously burned for eight days, even though there was only enough sacred oil for one day’s lighting.
Begins 25 Kislev
Ends Tevet or 3 Tevet
2011 date Sunset, December 20 to sunset, December 28
2012 date Sunset, December 8 to sunset, December 16
Celebrations Lighting candles each night. Singing special songs, such asMa’oz Tzur. Reciting Hallelprayer. Eating foods fried in oil, such as latkes and sufganiyot, and dairy foods. Playing thedreidel game, and givingHanukkah gelt

From my home to yours, Happy Chanukah and may there be peace in our world.




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