Category Archives: Judaism

Hanukkah Sameach!

Dec 25, 2016  |  By Sarah Gold

The gifts have been bought and the latkes are fried, It’s warm in the house and it’s freezing outside. The family arrives as day turns to night Ready to welcome the Festival of Light You gather together and strike up a match – Hold out the flame until all eight lights catch. You chant out the blessings and sing songs so lyrical To praise and thank God for performing a […]

 

Spinning and Winning: Why We Play Dreidel

Dec 20, 2016  |  By Sarah Gold

One of Hanukkah’s most curious customs is the spinning top – called a dreidel in Yiddish and sevivon in Hebrew – that is played with throughout Hanukkah. The unusual game has a fascinating history and even more interesting rules: read on to find out more! When the Greeks invaded ancient Israel, they prohibited the practice of Judaism. Shabbat, brit milah (circumcision) and ritual slaughter were all outlawed, and teaching Torah […]

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Crispy Treats and Tasty Sweets

Dec 13, 2016  |  By Sarah Gold

Let’s be honest here: Hanukkah is nearly everyone’s favorite festival. Between the mystical candle lighting ceremony, joyful songs, a heroic story filled with unlikely victors and the much-anticipated exchange of gifts, it’s hard not to love this wonderful eight day holiday. And if that’s not quite enough to sway you, there’s one other enticing reason to love the Festival of Lights: the food! The Hanukkah miracle we celebrate revolves around […]

Category  : Judaism