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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.
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).
|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|
Alive Hay חי
Animals Ha-yot חיות
Revival Hah-ya-a החיאה
Long live Ye-hi יחי
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