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Eight Gifts for Chanukah

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Chanukah (a.k.a. Hanukkah), is celebrated on the twenty-fifth day of Kislev and lasts for eight days. Chanukah commemorates the victory of the Jews over Greek rule over 2000 years ago. The Syrians had desecrated the Temple of the Jews, so when the Maccabees defeated the Syrians, they rededicated the Temple by lighting the Temple Menorah. They only found enough oil to keep the menorah burning for a day, but a miracle occurred and the menorah burned for eight days. This is why Chanukah is known as the “Festival of Lights.” Make it special for your family and loved ones by giving something meaningful.

Eight gift ideas for the eight days of Chanukah:

Day One – Menorahs

Let there be light! Give a new menorah (candelabra) for the first day. The menorah in the Temple only had seven candles. The significance of the 8 candles represents the miracle that took place in ancient Jerusalem. The ninth candle is used to light the other eight candles. The Chanukah lights must light into the darkness of the night (near a window facing the street), transforming the darkness outside.

Day Two – Jewelry

A gold or sterling silver “Star of David” pendant for your loved one.

Day Three – Challah covers

Buy one or make a special one yourself (out of a white cloth napkin and fabric marker). Wrap it around a loaf of challah bread and enjoy!

Day Four – Sweets

Chocolate gelt coins in festive containers or Dutch Apple, Apricot, or Raspberry Rugalah.

Day Five – Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel

Dreidel means “to spin or twirl” in Yiddish. The top bears four Hebrew letters describing the miracle this holiday celebrates. Give one or eight different ones for each day of Chanukah.

Day Six – Hodge-podge

The classic swiss army knife—blue with “Star of David” for him.

An elegant silver plated honey apple dish for her.

Day Seven – Give a gift of learning

Opt for a class or series of classes like kosher cooking or Hebrew classes.

Day Eight – Jewish heritage book

A History of the Jews by Paul Johnson This treasured book contains 4000 years of Jewish History and the impact of the Jews on the world.

This entry was posted on December 10, 2011 at 11:54 pm.