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Are you familiar with any Hanukkah traditions?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on December 16, 2006

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Photo of Cassie Coles

“Well I’m not Jewish, but I think I know some of them like playing dreidle, lighting the menorah and eating latke with sour cream or applesauce. I know that the gold chocolate coins are a popular gift for kids.”

Photo of Zach Campbell

“I’m really not that familiar with it. I know they light the candles and all of that, but other than that I don’t know much about it.”

Photo of Wiley Shearhart

“Dreidles, latkes, gelt and that lighting the menorah one day at a time represents the oil lasting eight days when it was only supposed to last one.”

Photo of Kelly Forsyth

“The dreidle game and lighting the menorah for eight days.”


sublime 11 years, 4 months ago

Not at all . When I hear about Hanukkah ,I think about Adam Sandlers Hanukkah song.

thunderbuns 11 years, 4 months ago

No. But I know I'm............


ms_canada 11 years, 4 months ago

Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights is a Jewish celebration of the victory of the persecuted Jews in the years around 160BC. over the Seleucid ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanus. Antiochus was a cruel ruler. The Jews, under the leadership of the Maccabees revolted and defeated the Seleucids. To commemorate the victory they burned the oil in the Menorah for eight days. That is one story of Hanukkah. The other is that it is an eight day celebration to remember the re dedication of the Temple following the desecration by Antiochus when he brought a pig in to sacrifice. There was only enough consecrated olive oil left for one day but it miraculously burned for eight. Eight was the amount of time that it would take to press and consecrate new oil. And, as with our celebrations holy, the Jews have special food also which have already been mentioned. I wish any of the Jewish faith a Happy Hanukkah and don't eat too many latkes. I love them with apple sauce.

ms_canada 11 years, 4 months ago

R_I - thanks for the story, I have never heard that one before. There are, it is true, many stories about Hanukkah. As a student of history, any story excites me. I truely love, love history. Don't know why exactly, wish I did. Are you Jewish? Write to me at home. I will be off line later as I have to get the Portland winter Hawks hockey game on this machine at 7:30pm. the poor Portland team is not doing so well I am sorry to say. Last game tonight and then tomorrow they fly all the players home for the holidays. My Robbie goes to his mom in Calgary. There is one player on the team from Sweden. Each team is allowed 2 foreign players.

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