Come light the Menorah!
Let’s have a party,
We’ll all dance the Horah!
Gather round the table, we’ll give you a treat,
Dreidels to play with and latkas to eat!
Hannukah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is the hebrew word for dedication and symbolizes rededication of the temple by Judas Macabee and company in 168 BC.
This small group of people were able to reclaim the temple from their enemies and restore it to its former glory and honor. As our history recounts, there was only enough oil left in the temple for one night; yet this tiny bit of oil miraculously lasted for 8 full days. The Maccabees held a dedication (Hanukkah) of the Temple with proper sacrifice, rekindling of the golden menorah, and eight days of celebration and praise to God.
Hanukkah celebrations vary from congregation to congregation and home to home. Gifts are optional and sometimes given on the first night, last night or every night! It is a time of great joy and gratitude spent with family and friends.
Whatever the plan, these 3 activities are always part of every celebration.
- Light the Menorah. This signifies the miracle of the Hanukkah oil and is celebrated every year when Jews light a special menorah known as a hanukkiyah for eight days. One candle is lit on the first night of Hanukkah, two on the second, and so on, until eight candles are lit.
- Spin the Driedel and win chocolate coins or candies.
- Eat Latkas and other traditional foods prepared with oil. (Chocolate qualifies ;).