Remember - eight days we can light up those candles and tell the story of the Maccabees and the miracle of the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem!
There are so many wonderful songs for Chanukah, I am going to name just a few of our favourite artists here, so that you can find them on YouTube:
Chag Sameach everyone!!
Ps...Remember not to join in the pagan-culture of putting up Christmas trees, even if you want to call it a Chanukah-bush! It is still part of pagan-worship! (you can find loads of articles that will explain the pagan imagery of every item - from the tree to the various shapes of decorations. These originated from the old Germanic tribes, who worshipped under evergreen trees)
Our Creator said in the Torah not to worship Him in the same way that idols are worshipped!
(Shemot/Ex 20:3 and Vayikra/Lev 20:23)
This is a wonderful traditional activity...we had loads of fun playing!
Guests are especially impressed if you bought a load of gold covered chocolate coins! And they cannot wait to be able to EAT them!.
The rules are simple....and the music is great!!!
Wow, our first night was really OILY!!!
Latkes and doughnuts...our mouths were glistening.
The Latke-recipe is very easy, but it is imperative to first get most of the liquid (starch) out after grating the potatoes, otherwise the mixture is watery and the latkes stay soft.
Grate together 1 medium onion and 4 medium potatoes. (get moisture out by pressing into a sieve) Add salt & pepper, 1 tablespoon flour and 1 teaspoon baking powder.
Fry in 4 tablespoons of oil and drain on paper towel.
I have to admit something:
I am not brave enough to make my own doughnuts, so I order them from the bakery.
If you are brave enough to try, or if you are an expert already - Well Done!
I tried something new when our family arrived this Chanukah - everyone got to fill their own doughnut with a plastic syringe that I filled with jams (jelly) and caramel. Needless to say: they were all impressed!