Seventh Night

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The flicker of these lights echo the flame of our souls.

Searching. Hoping. Longing to find their place in the world as children of the Most High.
A G-d who promises us redemption through miracle and prayer, seeking and knowing.
He is our guidance who dispels the darkness and opens caverns of hope and salvation to our minds, eyes and hearts.

On this Festival of Lights, this miracle of days, we rekindle the Hanukkah flame in search not only of what has already come, but for the steps we have yet to journey.
And we do so as did our ancestors: in truth.

Praise be to our G-d the Heavenly One who spins the world into adventure, and us into its illuminated song.

Amen.

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Sixth Night

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dreidel-game

What You Need To Play

  • 1 Dreidel (or, accelerate the pace of the game by supplying each player with his/her own dreidel)
  • 2 or more players (the more the merrier!)
  • The “Ante”—nuts, pennies, nickels, chocolate coins, nuts, or just about anything else…
  • Flat Surface (such as floor or wide table) for dreidel spinning

How To Play

  1. All players sit around the playing area.
  2. The “ante” is equally divided amongst all players.
  3. Everyone takes a turn at spinning the dreidel; the one with the highest spin has first turn. (Nun is highest, then gimmel, hey, and shin.) If there is a tie for highest, those who tied spin again.
  4. Everyone puts one unit of the ante (penny, nut, etc.) into the pot.
  5. The one who has first turn is followed in clockwise direction by all the others.
  6. Player A spins the dreidel

Nun – Nothing Happens – Next Person Spins

Gimmel –  Spinner gets the whole pot and everyone puts a new bet into the pot

Hey – You take Half the pot.  In case amount uneven, take the lesser amount

Shin – Spinner must add another coin to the pot

Game ends when everyone gets tired of it sometime before next Chanukah

 

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Fifth Night

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Blessed are you, Lord our G-d, King of the Universe, Who sanctified us by his commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the lights of Hanukah.
Blessed are you, Lord our G-d, King of the Universe,
Who wrought miracles for our fathers in days of old, at this season.

Since you might have to sing and/or dance:

Hava Nageela

Hava nagila,
Hava nagila,
Hava nagila,
Venis mecha.
Hava nagila,
Hava nagila,
Hava nagila,
Venis mecha.
Hava neranena,
Hava neranena,
Hava neranena,
Venis mecha.
Hava neranena,
Hava neranena,
Hava neranena,
Venis mecha.
Uru, Uru achim,
Uru achim belev sameach,
Uru achim belev sameach,
Uru achim belev sameach,
Uru achim
Uru achim
Belev sameach.

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Fourth Night

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Blessed are you, Lord our G-d, King of the Universe, Who sanctified us by his commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the lights of Hanukah.
Blessed are you, Lord our G-d, King of the Universe,
Who wrought miracles for our fathers in days of old, at this season.

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Third Night

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Blessed are you, Lord our G-d, King of the Universe, Who sanctified us by his commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the lights of Hanukah.
Blessed are you, Lord our G-d, King of the Universe,
Who wrought miracles for our fathers in days of old, at this season.

Ingredients
1 -1/2 pounds russet potatoes peeled.
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots.
2 large eggs, lightly beaten.
2 tablespoons flour (or more) or matzo meal (during Passover)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Vegetable oil for frying.

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