Thank you for helping make our Chanukah celebration so much fun! We learned a couple of important things last week: first, the miracle of Chanukah celebrates a single day’s worth of (olive) oil lasting eight days. The oil was needed to light the Eternal Light in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. (The remaining wall of the Temple is the holiest place in Judaism, and being there is unlike any other experience I have ever had!) The Temple, as you probably know, had been defiled and destroyed by the Assyrians. The Maccabees defeated the Assyrians, reclaimed the Temple, and here we are. The second thing we learned is that donuts are fried. In oil. And so are latkes. Because the Chanukah miracle ends with the oil lasting for eight days, we traditionally eat foods fried in oil. In Israel, jelly doughnuts, in particular, are the typical Chanukah treat. The Hebrew word for these treats is sufganiyot.
This coming Sunday we will learn more about Chanukah by playing games such as word searches, hangman and matching games. If you and your daughter/son have time to read the Chanukah chapter in the Jewish Holiday book before class this Sunday, that would be helpful.