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25 Kislev 5778
December 13, 2017

Welcome friends to our Hanukkah edition of the Hebrew Podcasts Newsletter.

We are sending your way Chag Sameach greetings and Happy Hanukkah.

Featured Holiday

Hanukkah (rededication) - Kislev 25 - כ"ה בכסלו, תשע"ח, is celebrated on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. It is the celebration of the Maccabees' victory in 165 BCE over ancient Greece and the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Oil was found in the temple, but it was only enough to light the Menorah for one night. Miraculously, it lit the Menorah for eight nights. To celebrate this miracle, on each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, another candle is lit in the Hanukiah (a special Menorah with 9 candle holders) and special songs are sung. The traditional foods are fried foods such as latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts). Kids love playing the dreidel (spinning top), and parents give them Hanukkah gelt (Yiddish for money, a chocolate coin).

The dreidel, which is called Sevivon in Hebrew, is a four-sided spinning top with 4 Hebrew letters that are the acronym of the sentence Nes (miracle) Gadol (big) Haya (was) Po (here). Kids who play outside of Israel have dreidels that have the letters for the sentence Nes (miracle) Gadol (big) Haya (was) Sham (there).

New Idioms

Took the bull by the horns A-ha-zoo et ha-shor be-kar-nav אחזו את השור בקרניו
His star has set Yar-da kar-no ירדה קרנו
A ray of hope Ke-ren or קרן אור
Put her money on the line Sa-ma et kas-pa al ke-ren hats-vi שמה את כספה על קרן הצבי

New Words

Corner / angle    Za-vit    זווית

Side    Tse-la    צלע

Triangle     Me-shoo-lash    משולש

Shape    Tsoo-ra    צורה

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