This week we'll explore Hanukkah crafts!
Hanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating an early victory in the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire: the recapture of Jerusalem in the year 164 B.C.E. and rededication of the Second Temple. It is also known as the Festival of Lights (Source: Wikipedia).
Each night, families will light one candle on their menorahs each night until all 8 are lit. The eight candles commemorate the eight days the oil lantern burned on as the Maccabees struggled to reclaim their Holy Temple. ⠀⠀
1) Hanukiah vs. Menorah
What's the difference between the 7 candle and 9 candle menorah?
The traditional Menorah is the oldest Judaic symbol, representing the first menorah in the first Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The seven candles are lit all at once and have several meanings, including symbolizing the 7 days of creation.
The Hanukiah, or Hanukkah Menorah, is a menorah specifically created for Hanukkah and has 9 candles - 8 for the 8 days of Hanukkah and a ninth "helper" candle, or shamash, used to light the other eight. These candles are lit one per day (light one on the first day, two the next, etc.), from left to right on the days of Hanukkah! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2) The Hanukkah Menorah or Hanukiah Paper Plate Craft
We love this beautiful yet simple Hanukkah Menorah craft by @brushandneedleatl ! Have fun decorating half a paper plate while talking about the story of Hanukkah!
Hanukkah, which is Hebrew for “dedication,” is the Festival of Lights. It commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian Greek army, and the subsequent miracle of rededicating the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and restoring its menorah , or lamp.
The miracle of Hanukkah is that only one vial of oil was found with just enough oil to illuminate the Temple lamp for one day, and yet it lasted for eight full days.
We celebrate Hanukkah at home by lighting the menorah (each night we light one additional candle to the number from the previous night), playing dreidel, and eating special foods unique to Hanukkah. Some people also sing Hanukkah songs or exchange gifts after lighting the menorah, which is also called a hanukkiah. Many people host and attend Hanukkah parties.
3) Star of David Suncatcher craft
Continuing #hanukkahcrafts week with this fun Star of David suncatcher! Swipe to see the process!
1) posterboard or cardstock for the star
2) clear contact paper for the clear part
3) glitter, foam, colored paper, flowers or other fun decor for the inside!
4) Spin the Dreidel
We made some dreidels and some playing beads yesterday with some @crayola Air Dry Clay! This was such a fun and easy game to play with Bubba. He caught onto the rules real quick, including how best to sweetly smile and ask to spin again when it landed on nun or shin ❤❤
Check out this fun Hanukkah game and learn more about it!
You can check out why Jewish people play dreidel at myjewishlearning.com - here's the most common explanation:
The custom is often explained with a legend that, during the time of the Maccabees, when Jewish children were forbidden from studying Torah, they would defy the decree and study anyway. When a Greek official would come close they would put away their books and take out spinning tops, claiming they were just playing games.
Dreidel rules graphic by Boy Mama Teaching Mama.
Hope you guys learned something new about the Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah!