Hanukkah 2010 December 1st Sundown – Jewish Festival of Lights

Rosh Hashanah

Hannukka is the Jewish festival of lights.  Also known as: Chanukkah
Menorah, Hannukkah Menorah or Hanukkiyah.

Hanukkah - A Jewish Special Occasion

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It
starts on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, which coincides with late
November - late December on the secular calendar.

In Hebrew, the word "hanukkah" means "dedication." The name reminds us
that this holiday commemorates the rededication of the holy Temple in
Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 BCE
[Before the Christian Era]

The Importance of
a Hanukkiyah to The Festival of LightsHannukkah 2010

A *hanukkiyah is a candelabrum with eight candleholders in a row, plus
the all important
ninth candleholder set a little above the others.

It's different from a menorah, which has seven branches and was used in
the Temple before it was destroyed in 70 CE.  A hanukkiyah is
nevertheless a kind of menorah.

The hanukkiyah is used during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah and
commemorates the miracle of the oil.  According to the Hanukkah story, once
Jewish revolutionaries had retaken the Temple from the Syrians they wanted
to rededicate it to God and restore its ritual purity.

Eight days worth of
oil were needed to complete the ritual purification, but they were only able
to find one day's worth of oil.  They lit the menorah anyway and miraculously
the oil lasted for eight full days.

Significance of
The Jewish Hanukkah Festival

According to Jewish law, Hanukkah is one of the less important Jewish
holidays.  However, Hanukkah has become much more popular in modern practice because
of its proximity to Christmas.  Because many Jews live in predominately
Christian societies, over time Hanukkah has become much more festive and
Christmas-like.  Jewish children receive gifts for Hanukkah - often one gift
for each of the eight nights of the holiday.  Many parents hope that by
making Hanukkah extra special their children won't feel left out of all the
Christmas festivities going on around them.

In the USA and the UK where Santa Claus rules the month of December, some
Jews have incorporated a little bit of Christmas into their Hanukkah spirit.  Some families opt to give gifts each night of Hanukkah; others may decorate
their house with a "Hanukkah bush." Even though the two holidays have vastly
different religious and historical origins and focus, both Christmas and
Hanukkah are a beautiful opportunity to open up one's house and heart and
spread some joy.Hannukkah and Christmas

Popular Hanukkah Traditions

Every community has its unique Hanukkah traditions, but there are some
traditions that are almost universally practiced. They are: lighting the
hanukkiyah, spinning the dreidel and eating fried foods.

Lighting the hanukkiyah: Every year it is customary to commemorate the
miracle of the Hanukkah oil by lighting candles on a hanukkiyah. The
hanukkiyah is lit every night for eight nights.

Spinning the Dreidel

A popular Hanukkah game is spinning the dreidel,
which is a four-sided top with Hebrew letters written on each side.Hannukkah 2010

Any number can play.  Each player has a bank of 10-15 pieces of
candy, or small coins.  At the start everyone puts one of their pieces
into the pot.  When it's your turn you spin the driedel, depending on
which face is uppermost you give or recieve pieces from the communal pot.


See here more details of how to play dreidel

Eating Fried FoodsHannukkah 2010

Because Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of oil, it is
traditional to eat fried foods such as latkes and sufganiyot during the
holiday.  Latkes are pancakes made out of potatoes and onions, which are
fried in oil and then served with applesauce.

Sufganiyot (singular:
sufganiyah) are jelly-filled doughnuts that are fried and sometimes dusted
with confectioners' sugar before eating.  See picture right.

Jokes for Hanukka

The Amusing Story of the 2 Sweaters

My mother once gave me two sweaters for Hanukkah. The next time we
visited, I made sure to wear one.

As we entered her home, instead of the expected smile, she said, 'Aaron,
what's the matter? You didn't like the other one?'

Rudi, The Village Rabbi: A Short Joke to Laugh At

It was Hanukkah and the tiny village outside Budapest in Hungary was
frightened that they may not have any latkes [pancakes] because they had run
out of flour.
Hannukkah Jokes

Rudi, the Rabbi, was called upon to help solve the problem. He said,
'Don't worry, you can substitute matzo meal for the flour, and the latkes
will be just as delicious.'

Sarah looks to her husband and says, 'Samuel, you think it'll work?'

'Of course,' Samuel replies, 'Everybody knows Rudolph the Rab knows
grain, dear.'

If Your Computer were Jewish

Your "Start" button would be replaced with a "Let's go. I'm not getting
any younger" button.

Year 2000 problems are replaced by "Year 6000" problems.
Hanukkah
screen savers will have "Flying Dreidels".
Your PC shuts down
automatically at sundown on Friday evenings.
After your computer dies,
you would dispose of it within 24 hours.

Internet Explorer would now have a spinning "Star of David" in the upper
right corner.

See more funny Hanukkah jokes.

The Eight Days of Hanukkah

On the first night of Hanukkah my true love gave to me
Lox, bagels
and some cream cheese

On the second night of Hanukkah, my true love gave
to me
2 Kosher pickles and
Lox, bagels and some cream cheese

On
the third night of Hanukkah, my true love gave to me
3 pounds of corned
beef
2 Kosher pickles and
Lox, bagels and some cream cheese

On
the fourth night of Hanukkah, my true love gave to me
4 potato latkes

3 pounds of corned beef
2 Kosher pickles and
Lox, bagels and
some cream cheese

On the fifth night of Hanukkah, my true love gave to me

5 bowls of chicken soup
4 potato latkes
3 pounds of corned beef

2 Kosher pickles and
Lox, bagels and some cream cheese

On the
sixth night of Hanukkah, my true love gave to me
6 pickled herrings
5 bowls of chicken soup
4 potato latkes
3 pounds of corned beef
2 Kosher pickles and
Lox, bagels and some cream cheese

On the seventh
night of Hanukkah, my true love gave to me
7 noodle kugels*
6
pickled herrings
5 bowls of chicken soup
4 potato latkes
3
pounds of corned beef
2 Kosher pickles and
Lox, bagels and some
cream cheese

On the eighth night of Hanukkah, my true love gave to me
8 Alka-Seltzer
7 noodle kugels
6 pickled herrings
5 bowls of
chicken soup
4 potato latkes
3 pounds of corned beef
2 Kosher
pickles and
Lox, bagels and some cream cheese

*Kugel is a baked Jewish pudding or casserole, similar to a pie, most
commonly made from egg noodles or potatoes.

Here Are the Secular Dates for Hanukkah Hannukkah Dates

2010 December 1st to December 9th
2011 December 20th to December 28th

2012 December 8th to December 16th
2013 November 27th to December
5th
2014 December 16th December 24th

NB. The Jewish calendar date begins at sundown of the night beforehand,
Will and Guy have learned. Thus all holiday observances begin at sundown on
the secular dates listed, with the following day being the first full day of
the holiday. Jewish calendar dates conclude at nightfall.

Happy Chanukah from Will and Guy

Happy Chanukah

Footnote
Will and Guy are keen to learn more about
Hanukkah , so please send us your stories and interesting information.

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