With Gil Dekel, PhD.
Art activities (more activities, scroll down):
Kitchen foil art – wrap the foil around a card, and paint Jerusalem and The Temple. Kitchen foil has a shiny side, and non-shiny. Remember to draw on the non-shiny side.
Lolly sticks puzzle – draw on the wood sticks, and play a puzzle game. Ideally, you want to draw a Hanukkah scene, although here we drew a princess…
Svivon – Spinning toy, from bottles’ caps. You can also decorate and paint over it.
Hanukah is the Jewish Festival of Light. Some 2000 years ago the Ancient Assyrians-Greeks came to Israel, and they saw the temple in the middle of Jerusalem. The temple didn’t look like Greek temples, as it was very modest and simple building. The Greeks thought: “Oh, a building in such a central place of Jerusalem is perfect for our parties. This can be a club for parties!” They had a good disco party there; and in the process, they used up all the oil and made a lot of mess inside.
One day, the Macabim family decided to clear up the space, so they can use the temple for special spiritual events and bring the Godly Light back into that space. They looked at the Menorah, the big candelabrum lamp that stood in the middle, and realised there was no oil left to light it up because all the oil was used up for the parties… apart of one little jar of oil which they found hidden. But there was so little oil in the jar, to last only for one day.
They poured the oil into the Menorah, and it burned beautifully a whole day. When they came back the next day, a miracle happened… the lamp light was still on. The oil that should have last for only one day was continuing to burn and glow; and light up the Menorah. And the oil held for eight days in a row! This miracle purified the temple, illuminated the space and brought magic and joy to all who saw it.
This is why we celebrate the light.
Video of the workshop:
More art activities:
1. Play The Yoga Candle game (watch video to learn how to play).
4. Dance the Macabim ‘Hora’ dance (watch the video above to learn more).
5. Make edible Chocolate Svivon (Spinning Toy).
We found cone shape sweet, and simply added chocolate sticks to it.
Another option is to make it with Meringues:
Ingredients: – Mini Meringues (tub of 28, from Sainsbuey’s UK). – Chocolate ‘flutes’ (sticks). – Glitter icing colourings. – Dark Chocolate.
Method: 1. Melt dark chocolate, and coat the meringues. 2. Once cooled, gently make hole in the back, and place chocolate ‘flutes’. It may break at first, and may take a few tries before you get it right. 3. Write letters using glitter icing colourings.
6. Share Israeli/British chocolate coins, and donuts ‘Sufganiot’.
7. Build the Third Temple of Jerusalem.
8. Orange candle
We made a candle from an orange (or a clementine), using olive oil.
10. Draw something to do with the theme of Light (below, drawing of a rainbow):
Make a LED light Candelabrum Hanukiya, for Hanukka. We bought LED Strip light which is self-adhesive.
The video below presents a more ‘traditional’ view of the holiday:
Hanukkah, also spelled Hannukah, Chanukah, Hanukah, Channukah, Chanuka, Chanukkah, Hanukka, Chanukka, Hannukkah, Channuka (Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication, Jewish Feast of Dedication. Hebrew: חנוכה)
21 Dec 2013. Last updated 24 Jan 2022. © Gil and Natalie.