Thursday, January 1, 2009


This year we learned about Hanukkah and celebrated it along with Christmas.  The Jewish people celebrate it to remember when God miraculously provided oil for them.  In 165 BC the Jews revolted against the Seleucid monarchy.  They liberated the Temple which had been desecrated by Antiochus IV.  They rededicated the Temple but tradition says they only had enough consecrated oil to keep the menorah lit for one day.  Miraculously the menorah stayed lit for eight days which was the amount of time it took to consecrate more oil.  We made a Hanukkah menorah (it has nine candles whereas the one God described how to make for His Temple has seven candles).

We made donuts one night and Latkes (shredded potatoes in an egg and flour batter fried) on Sunday.  Foods cooked in oil are traditional for Hannukah.

The kids took turns lighting the menorah each night.

Sunday everyone donned their dancing outfits and we did a little Hanukkah dancing.

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