15 December 2009

Chanuka Traditions

تنسيق-الكليات-لعام سكس نيك كس

Eating foods cooked in Oil
, to remind us of the oil used in the Temple is also very popular. Here in Israel we eat Potato (pancakes) Latkes with Sour Cream and Deep Fried Sufganiyot (Jelly Donuts).

IDF Machine Gunners Enjoying Chanuka Donuts

Spinning the Dreidel, is a game played with a four-sided top that children play with on Chanuka. Each side is imprinted with a Hebrew letter. These letters are an acronym for the Hebrew words, נס גדול היה פה, Nes Gadol Haya Poh—"A great miracle happened here"

Eating cheese, on Hanukkah is a minor custom that has its roots in the story of Judith, as related in the book of Judith. Holofernes, an Assyrian general, had surrounded the village of Bethulia as part of his campaign to conquer Judea. After intense fighting, the water supply of the Jews is cut off and the situation became desperate. Judith, a pious widow, told the city leaders that she had a plan to save the city. Judith went to the Assyrian camps and pretended to surrender. She met Holofernes, who was smitten by her beauty. She went back to his tent with him, where she plied him with cheese and wine. When he fell into a drunken sleep, Judith beheaded him and escaped from the camp, taking the severed head with her. When Holofernes' soldiers found his corpse, they were overcome with fear; the Jews, on the other hand, were emboldened, and launched a successful counterattack. The town was saved, and the Assyrians defeated.

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