Thursday, December 3, 2009

Etsybloggers Carnival - Dec. 4, 2009

This year, Chanukah falls on December 12th. Our family always celebrates the holiday by lighting the menorah for eight nights and saying the blessing, one additional candle each night. I found some beautiful memorahs on Etsy, and I thought I'd share them with everyone.

For those of you who don't know, Chanukah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is the Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE. It starts on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, and may occur from late November to late December on the Gregorian calendar.

Another custom that is followed is the eating of fried foods. This was very unusual when I was growing up - my mother never fried food! The story goes that a small flask of pure olive oil was discovered by the Jewish High Priest. This oil was only supposed to last one day, and instead it lasted eight. Accordingly, potato pancakes, known as latkes in Yiddish, are traditionally associated with Chanukah, as they are prepared by frying in oil. We also ate our latkes with sour cream and applesauce (I liked applesauce.)

There are various songs that are sung at Chanukah, and games played. This memorah (below) is made with dreidels, which are four-sided spinning tops. Each side is imprinted with a Hebrew letter. These letters are an acronym for the Hebrew words נס גדול היה שם (Nes Gadol Haya Sham, "A great miracle happened there"), referring to the miracle of the oil that took place.

Thank you ArtOnTheAvenue and Limoryaron for the use of your artwork.
Happy Chanukah!

5 comments:

Athena said...

Happy Chanukah to you! Thanks for sharing. I love the dreidel menorrah.

NICO Designs said...

Thank you! I had to stop and think of what it would have been like if my Mom only fried food once a year!
The pictures are great, too.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Great post and great display of menorrahs!

Jac-Ber Creations said...

I'm learning so much about different traditions - thanks for sharing :-)
I love potatoes the latkes sound delish!

Splendid Little Stars said...

Happy Chanukah! The first memorah is very cool!

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