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25 Kislev 5782
November 29, 2021

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, תשפ״ב, begins on the evening of Sunday, November 28, 2021 when the first candle is lit. 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

You're welcome en be-ad ma אין בעד מה
No such animal en ha-ya ka-zot אין חיה כזאת
Stand alone en la ah va-re-a אין לה אח ורע
Doesn't hold water en bo ma-mash אין בו ממש

New Words

Nothing    shoom da-var    שום דבר

Nothing    kloom    כלום

Zero    e-fes    אפס

Empty    rek    ריק

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