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Hanukkah Shmanukkah December 4, 2007

Posted by judylobo in Jewish Stuff, Photography, Politics, Videos.
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Happy Hanukkah to everyone. My dog, Benny and my cat, Madison salute you in the photo above. Hanukkah is one of those Jewish holidays that is not in the Torah. On each night of Hanukkah, the Menorah, is lit to commemorate a miracle that occurred after the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian-Greek rulers of Jerusalem and the subsequent re-dedication of the Temple in 164 BCE.

Factoid about my Menorah. Years ago, I saw a Martha Stewart show where she said if you put your Menorah in the freezer for awhile, the wax will chip right off of it. It was a good thing. Martha probably did not have in mind what I did after that. I now store my Menorah in the freezer all year long. It is a good thing and makes me smile whenever I open my freezer.

Hanukkah celebrates the miracle when the temple was rededicated. G-d miraculously made the one day’s worth of oil burn brightly for eight days. For most of its history, Hanukkah has been a rather minor holiday. But in the late 19th century it began to gain popularity and today it is one of the most celebrated Jewish holidays (neck-and-neck with Passover). Why, you ask? It seems to be due to the increasing popularity of Christmas gift-giving, and the corresponding wish to offer an alternative, for Jewish kids, that maintains Jewish identity and avoids assimilation. In addition, the Zionist movement, which arose in the late 19th century, found inspiration in the story of the Maccabees. For more on the history of the holiday and interesting tidbits.

– The Hanukkah Bird flies around the world.

– For those that like to know these kinds of things check out this list of American Jewish politicians.

– My favorite video by far is : Hanukkah in Santa Monica.

Dreidel facts: In Israel, the dreidel is called the sivivon and the Yiddish word “dreidel” is derived from the German word “drehen” or “turn.” In America, the Hebrew letters on the dreidel stand for “A Great Miracle Happened There.” In Israel, the letters mean “A Miracle Happened Here.”

– I had a little dreidel:

– The World Dreidel Tour:

– Many Jewish holidays revolve around food. Hanukkah is no exception and includes eating dishes prepared with oil. The oil reminds Jews of the oil burned eight days in the temple. Latkes, or potato pancakes, are made from grated potatoes mixed with eggs, onions and flour and are are fried in vegetable oil. The texture is crispy on the outside and tender in the middle. They are served hot and often dipped in apple sauce or sour cream. Yummy! Here’s how to make potato latkes:

– For those that like a little snooze with your youtube videos check out Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz on Hanukkah

– Because we Jews tend to overdo and repeat stuff, here is yet one more video for you. Happy Hanukkah to one and all.



1. bonnieluria - December 4, 2007

Like, I totally want to spend Hanukkah in Santa Monica!! Hilarious. And what about that Rabbi Benny?! I think you’ve exhausted the archives of Hanukkah material. Did you break your mouse with this many additions to your blog?

2. Martha Stewart » Hanukkah Shmanukkah - December 4, 2007

[…] judylobo wrote an interesting post today on Hanukkah ShmanukkahHere’s a quick excerptYears ago, I saw a Martha Stewart show where she said if you put your Menorah in the freezer for awhile, the wax will chip right off of it. It was a good thing. Martha probably did not have in mind what I did after that. … […]

3. carol - December 4, 2007

Re the picture of Benny and Madison:

and this is why animals bite people

4. Jude - December 4, 2007

Wow – this was a real Hanukkah 101.

5. Becky - December 6, 2007

Well that is one quick lesson on Hanukkah!! but it was interesting

hey you should check out this video about this guy and what he did to his dog to make sure the puppy was in the holiday spirit….
lol the dog was so tolerant!!
check it out

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