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25 Kislev 5779
December 3, 2018

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

Please also check our Hebrew Lesson 26 - Making a Hanukiah.

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

Featured Holiday

Hanukkah (rededication) - Kislev 25 - כ"ה בכסלו, תשע”ט, is celebrated on Monday, December 3, 2018. 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

They get along Ha-yim be-sha-lom חיים בשלום
Had the time of her life As-ta ha-yim me-shoo-ga-eem עשתה חיים משוגעים
That will be the death of me Ze ye-ka-tser li et ha-ha-yim זה יקצר לי את החיים
Come hell or high water Al ha-ha-yim ve-al ha-ma-vet על החיים ועל המוות

New Words

Alive    Hay    חי

Animals    Ha-yot    חיות

Revival    Hah-ya-a    החיאה

Long live    Ye-hi    יחי

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