Let us be the first to wish you "Chag Hanukkah Sameach" or loosely translated....Happy Hanukkah!
Here in Israel, we're getting ready to light the first candle on our "chanukiah". We'll be observing this winter holiday for eight days, so you have plenty of time to join us in learning all about this Festival of Lights and how we celebrate this special time of year.
We'll teach you our favorite Hanukkah crafts for kids, share our best Hanukkah recipes, and even give you a Hebrew lesson for some of our favorite holiday symbols.
Please join us as we mark this Hanukkah season. Have a Happy Holiday! Chag Hanukkah Sameach!
If you're interested in reading about the story behind the holiday.....Click here to open a new window!
Now let's get crafting!
Useful Chag Hanukkah Sameach Words
Menorah or Chanukiyah (in Hebrew)--the nine-branched candelabra used in celebrating Hanukkah. Candles are lit for each of the eight days of Hanukkah.
Dreidel or Sevivon--a special holiday top used for playing an old "gambling" game for kids. Hebrew letters on each side of the dreidel stand for the sentence "Nes gadol haya sham"(outside of Israel) or "Nes gadol haya po" in Israel. In English this means, "A great miracle happen there" (if you live outside of Israel or "A great miracle happend here" (in Israel). Read our rendition of the story of Hanukkah to find out why.
Latkes or levivot--special potato pancakes fried in oil are a holiday must. Every family has its own favorite recipe!, click here for ours.
Soofganiot--Hebrew for jelly doughnuts. Specially made just for Chanukah....they're fattening, but you have to eat at least one! Make our recipe at home for a "Taste of Israel".