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Hanukkah. An 8 day Jewish festival. Our objectives. To know some key facts about a Jewish festival. To understand that the Jews believe God performed miracles. To understand that light is representing the presence of God. What do we celebrate?. Christmas Easter Birthdays.

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Hanukkah

An 8 day Jewish festival.


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Our objectives

  • To know some key facts about a Jewish festival.

  • To understand that the Jews believe God performed miracles.

  • To understand that light is representing the presence of God.


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What do we celebrate?

Christmas

Easter

Birthdays


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What is Hanukkah celebrating?

An eight-day festival celebrating a time in

history when the Jews won a battle against

the Greeks to practise their religion freely.


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Why does it last for 8 days?

  • To celebrate, an oil lamp was lit in the temple. There was only enough oil to burn for one day - but miraculously it burned for eight days.

  • This is why the Hanukkah festival lasts for eight days and why light is the main item in the celebration.

  • How long do our celebrations last?

  • What was the miracle?


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What is a Hanukkiah?

They light a candle each night on a special

candle holder called a Hanukkiah or

Menorah.


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Why do the Jews use light to celebrate?

They believe the light shows that God is with

them, like when the light lasted for 8 days in

history.


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When is Hanukkah?

December

Do the families do anything special at Hanukkah?

  • Children play with a spinning top called a dreidel.

  • Families eat special potato cakes called latkes and other oily food to remind them of the importance of the oil lamp.

  • Presents are also given at this time.


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Activities

* Complete the Hanukkah sheet – fill in the

missing words.

* Complete our celebrations leaflet.


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