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Apples and honey: For Ashkenazic Jews, these words are an inseparable pairing. We dip a slice of apple in honey to express our hopes for a sweet and fruitful year.
On Hanukkah we traditionally serve holiday dishes cooked in oil to commemorate the miracle of a single vial of oil lasting eight days
Scholars have offered several theories. One traces the tradition back to the decision of the Hasmoneans to mint their own nation's coins after their military victory over the Greek Syrians.
This is a simple menorah even very young children can make and use during the eight day celebration. It's safe, with no real flame, and is a good craft for both the classroom and home.
Keep the little ones entertained with a clay dough menorah, discovery bottles, cookie cutter stamps, and a candle matching game.
We inherited this 13" x 13" silver oil-burning menorah from my husband's grandfather, a rabbi who emigrated from Eastern Europe. We think he may have acquired it either in Vienna or Budapest, where he spent some time before coming to America.