Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pic Today 12/2/10



HAPPY CHANUKA

We're into DAY TWO of the fabulous
Jewish holiday of Chanuka.

The 8-day "festival of light" began December 1
and celebrates the triumph of light over darkness,
and spirituality over materialism.
(An excellent way to begin this holiday season!)

21-centuries ago, a small band of faithful Jews defeated
one of the mightiest armies on earth and reclaimed
the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
When they sought to light the Temple's menorah
(the 7 branched candelabrum), they found only
a single cruse of olive oil to light the candles' flame.
Miraculously, the one-day supply of oil burned for 8 days.
The festival of Chanuka then became an annual holiday.
Each night, a candle is lit to commemorate this festival.

Chanuka customs include eating foods fried in oil,
such as latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiot (do-nuts).
Playing with the dreidel (a spinning top) inscribed
with Hebrew lettters decides who wins prizes.
(The player who gets GIMEL collects the pot.)



4 comments:

  1. hey ! HAPPY CHANUKA to you too Rick.......

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  2. Nice picture, and happy chanuka to you:)
    Greetings, Berit.

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  3. A wonderful tradition and nicely told. Story telling is important - and an art form. Even in these 'modern' times, with all the books and media,more often then not, the origin is lost, and the modern day version trivialized.

    Now please pass those latkes and sufganiot, mmm and hot coffee black please...

    Happy Chanuka,
    joanny

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