By Cathy Goldberg Fishman
Introduces the Jewish pageant of lighting, or Hanukkah, concerning the tale in the back of the vacation and the way it really is celebrated.
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Sometimes it comes in December. But it always begins on the same day of the Hebrew calendar, the calendar of the Jews. It begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev. That day is the same day that Judah Maccabee lit the menorah in the Temple. For eight days and nights, Jewish families light their own menorahs. 32 They light them in their homes and in their synagogues, their places of worship. They light the candles at night when the f irst stars appear. 33 The Hanukkah menorah is called a hanukkiah.
They dance and read stories together. 43 But, mostly, Hanukkah is a time for the Jewish people to remember. They remember the story of the Maccabees. They remember the light of the miracles. And they remember how good it is to be free. 44 How to Play Dreidel To play the game of dreidel, all the players sit in a circle. Each child gets a handful of pennies, candies, or buttons. Everyone puts one of their pieces in the middle of the circle. Then a child spins the dreidel. When it stops, the letter that lands on top tells the player what to do.
The shamash is used to light all the other candles. On the f irst night, a candle is put in the farthest right place of the hanukkiah. Someone lights the shamash and uses it to light the f irst night’s candle. Everyone says Hanukkah prayers as the candles are lit. Then the shamash goes back in its place. The two candles burn all the way down. 35 On each night of Hanukkah, more candles go in the hanukkiah. They are put in from right to left. And they are lit from left to right with the shamash candle.
Hanukkah (On My Own Holidays) by Cathy Goldberg Fishman