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    Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah
    (Traditional)

    Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah
    The sweet celebration
    Around the feast we gather
    in complete jubilation
    Many are the reasons for good cheer
    Now that the Season of Lights is here
    Many are the reasons for good cheer
    Now that the Season of Lights is here
    Together we'll weather
    whatever tomorrow may bring
    So hear us rejoicing and merrily voicing
    the Hanukkah song that we sing
    So hear us rejoicing and merrily voicing
    the Hanukkah song that we sing
    Oh Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah
    The Festival of Joy
    A holiday, a jolly day
    for every girl and boy
    Whirling dreidels all week long
    Eating latkes, singing songs
    Whirling dreidels all week long
    Eating latkes, singing songs
    Now light them, tonight then
    The candles all in a row
    Retell the story of God in his glory
    and dance by the flickering glow
    Retell the story and God in his glory
    dance by the flickering glow


    I have many friends that are celebrating the Season of Lights and Miracles. They are all thought of dearly during this time.


    Lighting the Hanukkah Menorah (also called the Hanukkiah) is the essential observance of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Hanukkah candles are lit to commemorate the the miracle of the Maccabees' victory and the miracle of the oil that burnt for eight days in the Temple.

    Each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, all members of the family should gather around the Hanukkah Menorah. Before lighting the candles,
    blessings are recited.

    The first two blessings are recited each night. The third, a blessing of joy traditionally recited during each Jewish festival, is recited only the first time the Hanukkah menorah is lit.

    BLESSING 1

    Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us by His commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the lights of Hanukkah.


    BLESSING 2

    Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who wrought miracles for our fathers in days of old, at this season.


    BLESSING 3
    This blessing is recited only on the first night or the first time one kindles the Hanukkah lights.

    Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has kept us alive, and has preserved us, and enabled us to reach this time.


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    I am sorry that I am posting so late for this holiday.

    Thought some of you would enjoy this.


    Another tradition of the holiday is playing dreidel, a gambling game played with a square top. Most people play for matchsticks, pennies, M&Ms or chocolate coins. The traditional explanation of this game is that during the time of Antiochus' oppression, those who wanted to study Torah (an illegal activity) would conceal their activity by playing gambling games with a top (a common and legal activity) whenever an official or inspector was within sight.
    A dreidel is marked with four Hebrew letters: Nun, Gimel, Hei and Shin. These letters stand for the Hebrew phrase "Nes Gadol Hayah Sham", a great miracle happened there, referring to the miracle of the oil.
    The letters also stand for the Yiddish words nit (nothing), gantz (all), halb (half) and shtell (put), which are the rules of the game! There are some variations in the way people play the game, but the way I learned it, everyone puts in one coin. A person spins the dreidel. If it lands on Nun, nothing happens; on Gimel (or, as we called it as kids, "gimme!"), you get the whole pot; on Hei, you get half of the pot; and on Shin, you put one in. When the pot is empty, everybody puts one in. Keep playing until one person has everything. Then redivide it, because nobody likes a poor winner. You can play a virtual dreidel game here! Requires JavaScript.

    Some additional information that some of you may also appreciate.


    It is traditional to eat fried foods on Chanukkah because of the significance of oil to the holiday. Among Ashkenazic Jews, this usually includes latkes (pronounced "lot-kuhs" or "lot-keys" depending on where your grandmother comes from. Pronounced "potato pancakes" if you are a goy.) My recipe is included later in this page. Gift-giving is not a traditional part of the holiday, but has been added in places where Jews have a lot of contact with Christians, as a way of dealing with our children's jealousy of their Christian friends. It is extremely unusual for Jews to give Chanukkah gifts to anyone other than their own young children. The only traditional gift of the holiday is "gelt," small amounts of money.

    And the latke recipe.


    Makes approximately 12 palm-sized latkes
    • 4 medium potatoes
    • 1 medium onion
    • 2 eggs
    • 3/4 cup matzah meal (flour or bread crumbs can be substituted)
    • salt and black pepper to taste
    • vegetable oil
    Shred the potatoes and onion into a large bowl. Press out all excess liquid.(if using a food processor, use the chopping blade for 2 or 3 seconds after pressing out liquid to avoid stringy fly-aways). Add eggs and mix well. Add matzah meal gradually while mixing until the batter is doughy, not too dry. (you may not need the whole amount, depending on how well you drained the veggies). Add a few dashes of salt and black pepper. (don't taste the batter -- it's really gross!). Don't worry if the batter turns a little orange; that will go away when it fries.
    Heat about 1/2 inch of oil to medium-high heat. Form the batter into thin patties about the size of your palm. Fry batter in oil. Be patient: this takes time, and too much flipping will burn the outside without cooking the inside. Flip when the bottom is golden brown.
    Place finished latkes on paper towels to drain. Eat hot with sour cream or applesauce. They reheat OK in a microwave, but not in an oven unless you cook them just right. If you'd like to try something a little different, add some bell peppers, parsley, carrots, celery, or other vegetables to the batter to make veggie latkes! You may need to add a third egg and some more matzah meal for this. For a zesty twist, add some diced jalepeño peppers to the batter! This should definitely be served with sour cream!

    (Taken from the following site.)
    http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday7.htm








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