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Happy Hanukkah: Katz Family Lights Watchung’s Menorah

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Happy Hanukkah: Katz Family Lights Watchung’s Menorah Credits: Nemcek
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Happy Hanukkah: Katz Family Lights Watchung’s Menorah Credits: Nemcek
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Happy Hanukkah: Katz Family Lights Watchung’s Menorah Credits: Nemcek
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WATCHUNG, NJ - The Katz family lit the menorah on Watchung’s green on the first night of Hanukkah on Tuesday. This year, Hanukkah begins Tues. night, Dec. 12, 2017 and continues through Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Eric Katz was recently appointed as Head Coach for Maccabi USA's Youth Men's Baseball Team for the 2018 International Maccabi Youth Games.
According to ReformJudaism.org, when the Maccabees entered the Temple in Jerusalem to reclaim it from the Greeks, they immediately relit the ner tamid (eternal light), which burned constantly in the Temple. However, they found a single jar of oil, which was sufficient for only one day. Miraculously, it lasted for eight days.
 
In commemoration of this miracle, Jews light the menorah for the eight nights of Hanukkah.
 

The Maccabeats tell the story:

 

Another popular symbol is the dreidel, a four-sided spinning top that is played with as a gambling toy.  Each side of the dreidel bears a letter of the Hebrew alphabet: נ (Nun), ג (Gimel), ה (Hei), ש (Shin). Together these letteres form an acronym for Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, which means "a great miracle happened there").  In the game, a player spins the dreidel
  • If נ (nun) faces up, the player does nothing.
  • If ג (gimel) faces up, the player gets all the chocolate gelt (Hannukah money) in the pot.
  • If ה (hei) faces up, the player gets half of the gelt.
  • If ש (shin) faces up, the player adds to the pot
Hanukkah has grown in importance, especially in the U.S., as a holiday that reinforces Jewish identity.  It has been introduced to many Americans outside the Jewish community through Adam Sandler's comical "The Hanukkah Song" that centers on the plight of Jewish children who feel alienated during the Christmas season. Sandler then sings a listing of Jewish celebrities, such as David Lee Roth, who "light the menorah."

Happy Hanukkah from TAPinto.net. 

 

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