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The Hanukkah symbols

Updated on November 30, 2014

Clebrate Hanukkah Holiday

 Hanukkah,the festval light  holiday Has 5 symbols that couse It to be wonderfull  coulorful holiday .

From Makabim Days to these days the Jewish celebrate Hanukkah commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple  ( Beit Hamikdash)   for 8 days ,each day a candle added to the Menorah.

There are 5 major symbols for Hanukkah.

Hanukkia from 18 century
Hanukkia from 18 century

#1 Menorah - Hunukkia in hebrew

Menorah - a nine-branched candelabrum used on Hanukkah 8 candles ,one for each day of Hanukkah plus the Shamash,

is for a candle used to light all other candles.It's based on "Ness Pach Hashmen"- The Jews found only enough ritually pure olive oil to light the menorah for one day, but the supply miraculously lasted eight days until a new supply could be obtained. In celebration of this miracle, the Hanukkiah has eight branches for eight candles or oil lamps, none higher than any other, except for one higher branch for the auxiliary candle, or shamash, which guards against secular use of the other lights and is also used to light them.

#2 Dreidel - Sevivon in Hebrew

A Dreidel - a four-sided spinning top, played with during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. The dreidel is used for a form of the gambling game . Each side of the dreidel bears a letter of the Hebrew alphabet: (Nun), (Gimel), (Hei), (Shin), which together form the acronym for (Nes Gadol Haya Sham - "a great miracle happened there")

#3Doughnuts - Sufganiyot in Hebrew

A sufganiyah is a ball-shaped doughnut that is first fried, pierced and injected with red jelly or custard, and then topped with powdered sugar, similar to the German Berliner, the Polish czki, or the Russian ponchik. In Yiddish, they are known as ponchkes. They are usually eaten warm.

how to make ltkes?
how to make ltkes?

#4 Latkes - Levivot in Hebrew

Latkes arePotato pancakes, The original recept is shallow-fried pancakes of grated potato and egg, often flavored with grated onion. Potato pancakes may be topped with a variety of condiments, ranging from the savory (such as sour cream) to the sweet (such as applesauce or sugar), or they may be served ungarnished. Potato pancakes are sometimes made from mashed vegtibles .

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      4 years ago


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      tal g mel 

      4 years ago

      Thanks!! Great article .I LOVE LATEKS!! visit my hubs:)

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      5 years ago

      @tmsmith19: :-)

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      5 years ago

      Great Article! Thanks!

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      5 years ago

      @Erin Mellor: :-)

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      Erin Mellor 

      5 years ago from Europe

      I'm not Jewish, but I do love to cook the foods of all sorts of religious or national holidays, and Hannukah is one of my favorites.

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      6 years ago

      Very informative article - thanks for sharing!

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      6 years ago

      @Aunt-Mollie: Shalom,Shalom...

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      6 years ago

      We're counting the days. Shalom from Jerusalem!

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      Donnette Davis 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      I created some worksheets for my website and thought about creating a lens, so I had to do some research before making them. I'm delighted to have learned so much, thank you for explaining the symbols in simple terms.

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      6 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: :-)

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      6 years ago

      Yes, I'll be singing the dreidel song all day too!

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      Noctai LM 

      6 years ago

      Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, now this song is stuck in my head, great lens thanks for sharing!

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Happy to know these symbols and their significance.

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      6 years ago

      @LisaMarieGabriel: :-)

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have a recipe for latkes but I can't eat potato... considering adapting it with sweet potato! :)

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thank you for sharing this. Sending this link to someone who was asking questions about this.

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      Tony Payne 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I have a number of Jewish friends, but didn't really know much about Hanukkah. Thanks for enlightening me.

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      6 years ago

      i found this interesting and had some questions answered.

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      6 years ago

      Nice insight into the Jewish festival... Thanks for sharing!

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      6 years ago

      I was raised catholic so I can't really tell you much about it, good lens.

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      6 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Nice lens

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      6 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      I grew up Catholic with a best friend who was Jewish. I didn't know how much I had learned, or recalled, through that connection until I read this lens. Thanks!

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      6 years ago

      Nice lens! Thanks.

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      Monica Lobenstein 

      6 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      Nice lens and interesting information

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      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Great information about the symbols of Hanukkah.

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      Margaret Schindel 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Terrific lens - thanks for all the information!

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      6 years ago

      its really nice.. !

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      Natalie W Schorr 

      6 years ago

      Well done!

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      6 years ago

      Interesting lens thanks

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      6 years ago

      Very interesting to learn about the Hanukkah symbols!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thanks for sharing these Hanukkah Symbols. I knew some of them but not all.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for the info on these traditions.

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      it is nice to kinow about the traditions of the jews. thank you for sharing this lens.

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      7 years ago

      Hanukka is quickly approaching, thank you for helping us all understand the meanings behind the symbols. Beautifully done.

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      7 years ago

      @TheLittleCardShop: Thank you!!

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      Malu Couttolenc 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful page about the Hanukkah Symbols. I have tried Latkes and love them :)

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      7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for teaching us these Hanukkah symbols.

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      7 years ago

      @sousababy: Thank you for Nice and warm comment !!

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      7 years ago

      I have worked with many Jewish people (although I know almost nothing about Judaism). Thank you for educating me. I must revisit your Hanukkah gifts link. Lensrolled to my 'Healthy gifts for 2011...Yay!' lens. Hope it helps! Sincerely, Rose

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      7 years ago

      @glenanail: Yom Atzmaut Same'ach !!!

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      7 years ago

      Squidliked ! thanks for your comment in my lenses. yom atzmaut same'ach.

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      7 years ago from Western Mass

      lovely lens

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      Stephen Carr 

      7 years ago from Corona, CA

      Enjoyed learning about Hanukkah. Nice lens.

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      Lee Hansen 

      7 years ago from Vermont

      Thank you for sharing the symbols of Hanukkah, including the Hebrew words for each one. I am lensrolling this to 2 of my lenses: Chanukah Coloring and Chanukah Crafts for Children.


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