Happy Hanukah, Hanukkah, Chanuka, Chanukkah... choose which ever transliteration you like the best! I created this lens on the 6th night of Chanukkah (my favorite transliteration) 2010 because I felt it was appropriate to celebrate. Growing up, we always had to light two menorahs because otherwise my brother and I would bicker about who got to have the honor. Now that I am an adult living on my own, I am happy to share the honor. I am happy to just be around people that I care about.
In this lens you will see some videos with my favorite Chanukkah songs and some of my favorite images from years past. Hopefully this will bring a smile to your face!
Sevivon, Sov, Sov, Sov!
Dreidel, spin, spin, spin.
Chanuka is a great holiday.
It is a celebration for our nation.
A great miracle happened there.
The World's Largest Spinning Dreidel - 2009 Miami, Florida
-Inscription on a plaque next to the Dreidel.
O Rock of my salvation, with delight we praise You.
Restore the Temple where we will bring offerings.
When You will eliminate our enemies,
Then I shall sing at the rededication.
Seashell Menorah and Dreidel
Mom... is it okay to blow out the Chanukkah candles if they're going to burn the house down?
Don't blow out the candles!
Chanukkah candles have a lot of similarity to birthday candles. My brother and must have asked to blow them out on a few occasions, because my parents reinforced, "never blow out the Chanukkah candles!" So one year, after lighting the candles in the living room, we went into the kitchen to get some latkes (potato pancakes). My four year old brother comes running in and says, "Mom... is it okay to blow out the Chanukkah candles if they're going to burn the house down?" (The answer was yes.) One of the candles had fallen over and was burning the top of the table. There was no damage with the exception of a small scorch mark on the table, but needless to say, we now never leave the room when the candles are burning!