Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hanukkah Daily

(As seen in Scrapbook Trends)

I know a lot of you are doing a December Daily album and I love popping on to your blogs to see all of the wonderful pages you are creating. I had an "aha" moment yesterday and decided I'd do a Hanukkah Daily post on my blog this week, in the same spirit. :)

That said, this is a page I did many years back about Alexa's first menorah, a gift from my Dad. It's a row of little ballerinas, all lined up at the barre during a dance class. There's a mirror that goes behind it to reflect the light of the candles. The journaling for the page was written by my Dad:

"The eight candles on the Chanukiah commemorate the miracle of the Jewish people reclaiming the Temple in Jerusalem from the Romans. There was only enough oil for one night, but the lamps burned for eight. As recently as the beginning of the 20th century, the family of your great, great grandmother (Ida Rukin) who grew up in Ekatrinaslav (today Dneipropetrovsk) used potatoes to hold the candles. They did not have money to buy a fancy one, like your Ballerina Chanukiah. I bought it for you, when you were four, because you were a ballerina. I collect Chanukiot and have lots of them, including one made from Mah Jhong tiles.

The miracle of Chanukah is also remembered by eating oil-fried foods. Most western (Ashkenazic) Jews eat potato latkes. In Israel they eat jelly doughnuts (soufganiyot), which are also fried in oil. The objective is to not eat too many of them, otherwise you get fat."

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