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Chanukah, Day 8: Final Day, The Holiday Armadillo

Its the last day for us, here in Chanukah land, so I’ll end it with one of my favorite clips of all times, The Holiday Armadillo.  I just can’t resist!  Hope you’ve enjoyed our journey through Chanukah! 


Chanukah, Day 7: The Jewish Zebra


Chanukah is even celebrated in the bush of Africa!!! 🙂

Chanukah, Day 6: Latkes

latkesOk, more food!  But come on…holidays are about the eating, right?!? Potato latkes are another common food eaten during Chanukah, and what a surprise….a fried one!

To add something different I thought I would give you the receipe on how to make them….





What you’ll need:

  • 2 peeled potatoes
  • 1 peeled onion
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • black pepper
  • sour cream


1. Grate potatoes and onions into a medium-sized mixing bowl.

2. In another bowl add the eggs, milk, butter and blend.

3. Then add the flour, salt, and pepper and mix.

4. Drop spoon-sized amounts on the skillet.

5. Spread out to make a pancake-type shape.

6. Flip over until both sides are nice and golden-brown.

7. Serve with sour cream.


Tomorrow: African Chanukah

Chanukah, Day 5: The Dreidel

dscf1269The Dreidel is a well-known gift given during Chanukah. In Hebrew it is called a sevivon, coming from the root word for ‘to turn’. There are games played and songs sung; we even learned a song in my Ulpan called, “Sevivon, sov, sov, sov” (Dreidel, turn, turn, turn). The dreidle is a four sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side. Here are the four letters:

dreidleThe letters stand for the Nes Gadol Haya Sham (The Great Miracle Happened There).  One little fact: the dreidel’s here in Israel have the letter Pei ( פ)  instead of the Shin. This translates to: Nes Gadol Haya Po (The Great Miracle Happened Here).  Just another reminder of the story of Chanukah.  Here is a picture of a small wooden dreidle I picked up.

Tomorrow: Latkes

Chanukah, Day 4: Christmas and Chanukah Biblically

How in the world do Christmas and Chanukah have anything in common, since they come from 2 different religions: Judiasm and Christianity?  If you ask anyone on the street, they will probably tell you they have nothing in common and are two completely separate holidays, but I ask you to open your minds and journey back with me in time a bit….

Biblical references to/about Chanukah: References for Chanukah are found in the Bible, first prophetically in Daniel 8:8-14.  In the Torah (the first 5 books of the Bible) in the book of Exodus you can find the passages that talk about the construction of the ‘Lampstand’ and the oil used in burning:

  • Exodus 25:1-7; 31-40
  • Exodus 27:20
  • Exodus 35:10-15; 27-28
  • Exodus 39:32-38; 42-43

Biblical references to/about Christmas: Luke 2 recounts the birth of Jesus, of which Christmas is based upon.  

Ok, so how do they mesh together?  Well, whether you believe that Jesus is the Messiah of the world or not, the undeniable truth is that he was born Jewish.  He grew up Jewish, also observing all the Jewish holidays….aka, Chanukah.  (John 10:22 if you’re at all skeptical) Those who celebrate Christmas, commemorate the birth of Jesus, who is even acknowledged by prominent Jewish leaders today as having  been a perfect Jew; therefore abiding by and celebrating Chanukah while He was living. And if you want to go a little bit deeper, Romans 11 talks about Gentiles being grafted into the Jewish faith. If  you are not Jewish, it doesn’t mean you have to run out and buy a Chanukiah asap, but its just a glimpse into how the two are Biblically related.

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah!

Tomorrow:  The Dreidle

Chanukah, Day 3: Sufganiyot

page_1No holiday would be complete without the traditional fatening foods that accompany it.  Here in Israel we also have this very thing, called sufganiyot.  Sufganiyot are like American-style donuts, except without the hole in the middle.  They are deep-fried (all Chanukah food is, going along with the theme of the miracle oil) and filled with strawberry or raspberry jam and sprinkled with powdered sugar.  Sufganiyot carry the added pleasure of around 500-700 caleries each, so its been said if you eat too many sufganiyot during Chanukah, you end up looking like one!  I say, you always seem to put on a few kilos during the holiday season, so go ahead and indulge in this once a year holiday treat! (Even though the sufganiyot in these pics were ‘mini’ and about half the size of a real one.)

Tomorrow: Chanukah and Christmas, Biblically

Chanukah, Day 2: The Chanukiah

Most people incorrectly mistake The Chanukiah for the Menorah, but I have been told there is a difference between the two.  The Menorah only has 7 branches, whereas the Chanukiah has 9 (Jeopardy Question for ya).  The nine branches are represented by the 8 days of Chanukah plus the extra one (the shamash) as the candle that lights all the other 8, since it is forbidden to use the other candles to light each other. 

Why 8?: The eight candles are a reminder of the miracle that occurred back within the story of Chanukah.  When the Maccabees re-established Jerusalem and they were looking for oil in the temple for lighting the candle (ner in Hebrew), there was only enough oil for one day; but miraculously the oil lasted for 8 days….hence the 8 nerot.  

How to light the Chanukiah: I found this silly video on you tube, which for some reason just cracked me up.  Maybe it reminded me of the Schoolhouse Rock videos like ‘I’m just a Bill, but anyways, you get the idea of how its done….

(After you watch this, if you’re really brave, take a look at ‘My Manorah’, which is one of the thumbnails for more videos at the end.  What’s cuter than singing candles?!?)


Tomorrow: Sufganiyot

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