Tonight at sunset Hanukkah starts, and I hope that all that celebrate have a wonderful time with family and friends!
and to all of you.
and to all of you.
Happy Hannukah! Now help me remember... is this the holiday that involves the question, "Why is this night different from all other nights?" And is this when you set a place at the dinner table for... oh gosh, I'm sorry, the spiritual presence of someone whose name starts with an E, I think...?
I'd love it if some of our Jewish members would talk about how the holiday is celebrated and maybe share some pictures, for those of us who aren't familiar!
I think you're confusing Passover and Hannuka there Passover is when you have a mega feast (well, some other holidays have that too, but not Hannuka actually), you ask that question in a special song and you set an empty chair for the Prophet Elijah.
Hannuka is when you light candles in the Menorah. I can share how it's celebrated here in Israel, but I do believe Jewish Americans have slightly different customs.
Here, we just gather around in the evening (it's still work days, no Sabbatical - but no school for the kids at least some of the days). We light one candle in the Menorah the first day, two candles the second day and so on, until you light all eight candles on the 8th day. You say a special prayer and there's lots of Hannuka songs to be sung around the candles. Traditionally, you eat big round Hannuka donuts and latkes which here are usually made of potatoes. Fried and oily is the general theme, in memory of the oil that was found and could light the Temple for 8 days. Fortunately, my kids like neither dishes, so we are all spared the extra calories Oh, it's also traditional to play with dreidels during this holiday. Some pretty cool ones from China in the market, lots of lights and music. Fortunately, they tend to break real quick
In Israel, we don't give gifts on Hannuka. I think that's an American tradition, probably borrowed from Christmas. There is a tradition of giving kids a little bit of money though, and some parents replace that with a special gift.
ETA - I'll make a Hannuka post on my blog, hopefully tomorrow, with some pics from home and from the kids' school celebrations.