Fun Stuff About Chanukah (aka Hanukkah)

 

 

December 25, 2016 is a triple treat.

We celebrate our Messiah Jesus on the same day with

Christmas, Hanukkah and First Fruits.

There are a number of websites that teach about the history, the culture, the food, the feasts, the candle lighting ceremony, etc. of both First Fruits and Hanukkah.

 

Two that provide a wealth of information are Judaism 101 (JewFAQ.org) and Chabad.org.

 

If you don't want to get too scholarly, you can even hear the story of the Maccabees in an old Disney movie: Full Court Miracle. It's actually pretty good if you like basketball.

 

 

 

 Rather sing? Well, there is the wonderful Chanukah celebration song, Hava Nagila 

 

HAVA NAGILA (Hebrew)

Chanukah Celebration Song

Hava Nagila

Hava Nagila

Hava Nagila

Ve-nismeha! (2x)

Hava Neranenah

Hava Neranenah

Hava Neranenah,

Ve-nismeha! (2x)

Uru, uru aḥim!

Uru aḥim be-lev sameaḥ (4x)

Uru aḥim, uru aḥim!

Be-lev sameaḥ.

HAVA NAGILA (English)

Chanukah Celebration Song

Let’s rejoice

Let's rejoice

Let's rejoice

And be happy

Let's sing

Let's sing

Let's sing

And be happy!

Awake, awake my brothers

Awake, my brothers with a happy heart

Awake, my brothers, awake, my brothers!

With a happy heart.

 

 

 

Since we're fasting potatoes and desserts this month, we can skip talking about the food. But according to HuffingtonPost.com:

   

Traditional Food: Hanukkah

Since it is the festival of lights, traditional foods include those that are fried in oil, representing the holy oil in the temple. Potato latkes and doughnuts (sufganiyot) are requirements. And brisket is a traditional main course. Browse our collection of recipes, perfect for a holiday feast.
 
 
Yum, Yum, Yum! 

 

Finally, the attached slide show contains some of the information gleaned from the referenced websites about Chanukah. While it is not an exhaustive study, we are happy to provide you with the basics to get you started.

Oh, and make sure you check out the Dreidle game.

Chanukah Sameach!

 

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