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The Chanukah Top 10

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Here are the top 10 things you need to know about Chanukah.

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The Chanukah Top 10

  1. 1. Presented by: Date:1/12/2015Jewish Care Victroria The Chanukah Top 10
  2. 2. No. 1 It’s not Christmas! Even though Chanukah tends to occur around the same time as Christmas, it is not the Jewish equivalent of Christmas.
  3. 3. No. 2 It commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in the second century BCE by the Maccabees against the Seleucid Empire The Maccabees were the leaders of a Jewish rebel army that took control of Judea, which at the time had been a province of the Seleucid Empire.
  4. 4. No. 3 We observe the ‘festival of lights’ by kindling a unique candelabrum, 9 branched menorah or chanukiah, over 8 nights, lighting one additional light on each day. The 9th light, which stands apart is known as the shamash. They come in all shapes and sizes! Traditional to modern.
  5. 5. No. 4 The story of Chanukah is post biblical and commemorates the miracle where a flask of oil found in the ruins lit the menorah for 8 days when it appeared to only be sufficient for one. Now that’s what you call efficient!
  6. 6. No. 5 Chanukah has many associated rituals but is not a “Shabbat-like” holy day in that there is no requirement to refrain from activities prohibited on Shabbat
  7. 7. No. 6 There are additions to the daily prayers during Chanukah and we read from the Torah each day. On the first seven days of Chanukah we read of the sacrifices and gifts offered by the first seven tribal leaders. On the eighth day we read of the offerings of the remaining five leaders, and we continue with the next portion, reading about G-d's commandment to Aaron to kindle the Menorah in the Tabernacle.
  8. 8. No. 7 It is customary to eat fried foods including latkes (pancakes) and doughnuts. No dieting allowed!
  9. 9. No. 8 The dreidel (or sevivon in Hebrew) is a four sided spinning top with letters printed on each side; ‘a great miracle happened there’. I have a little dreidel I made it out of clay And when it's dry and ready Then dreidel I shall play! Chorus Oh - dreidel, dreidel, dreidel I made it out of clay And when it's dry and ready Then dreidel I shall play! It has a lovely body With legs so short and thin And when my dreidel's tired It drops and then I win! Chorus My dreidel's always playful It loves to dance and spin A happy game of dreidel Come play now, let's begin!
  10. 10. No. 9 Chanukah gelt (Yiddish for money) is often given to children. Parents often give children chocolate gelt to play dreidel with. In terms of actual gelt (money), parents and grandparents or other relatives may give sums of money as an official Chanukah gift.
  11. 11. No. 10 Symbolically Chanukah represents resistance, national identity and religious freedom.
  12. 12. Oh…One More… There is no correct way to spell Chanukah! Chanukah Chanukkah Hanukah