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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Happy Hanukkah - Gifts

Happy Hanukkah

John got me my favorite gift, a book! It's the new Stephen King book, titled Revival. 

Revival by Stephen King

And, here's a gift for you - a coupn for my Etsy shop 

Coupon 25% off at

Happy Hanukkah

Monday, December 15, 2014

Biggest and last sale of the year

I'm so grateful to my clients, that I want to give you a holiday gift - a coupon code for the biggest and last sale of the year in my Etsy shop - 10 days of shopping discounts. 

Use Coupon Code YE1425 for 25% off minimum purchases of $10 or more from 12/17 - 12/27 only

Only 1 coupon per person per purchase. 
Does not include mailing fees or tax. 
I will include gift certificates, but they must be redeemed before 12/27.

Any questions? Contact me through my Etsy shop

Sunday, December 14, 2014

III Lighting the Hanukkah Menorah, blessings over Candles

For Hanukkah, the commandment (mitzvah) is to kindle the Hanukkah lights in one’s home. Blessings are recited over lighting the candles. The Chanukah lights are lit at sundown, the time when passers-by are most likely to see them.

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Light Blue Hanukkah Menorah Bracelet Set

When possible, the menorah is placed in a window or elsewhere in the home so that it can be seen from the outside.  This custom is especially prevalent in Israel, where cities and towns hold public menorah-lighting ceremonies and the entire country is full of candles, bright with the celebration of the Festival of Lights.

One candle is lit each night. The candle for the first night is put on the right side of the eight-branched menorah. On each subsequent night, an additional candle is placed to the immediate left of the previous night’s candle, and the candles are lit from left to right, so that the kindling begins with the newest light. (Note: The rabbis debate about which ways to place and light the candles. I was taught to folllow this way)

Since these lights are holy, it is forbidden to make practical use of them; therefore, a special shamash (servant) candle is used to light the others.

In some families, each member of the household, including the children, lights his or her own Hanukkah menorah.

Another mitzvah of Hanukkah is pirsum hanes, the public proclamation of the miraculous events that transpired in the days of the Maccabees. A number of features of Hanukkah observance are connected with this requirement.

Hanukkah Dreidel Necklace

Blessings over Candles
Any member or members of the family may chant or recite the blessings. One person lights and holds the shamash, the blessings are pronounced, and then the candles are lit (from left to right, so that the kindling begins with the newest light).

Two blessings are chanted or recited every night of Hanukkah. The first is a blessing over the candles themselves. The second blessing expresses thanks for the miracle of deliverance. A third blessing—the Shehecheyanu prayer, marking all joyous occasions in Jewish life—is chanted or recited only on the first night.

The first two blessings (said each night when lighting the candles)
Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tsivanu l'hadlik ner shel Hanukkah.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who hallows us with mitzvot, commanding us to kindle the Hanukkah lights.

2nd blessing:
Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, she-asah nisim laavoteinu v'imoteinu bayamim hahaeim baz'man hazeh.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who performed wonderous deeds for our ancestors in days of old at this season.

For first night only:
Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, shehecheyanu v'kiy'manu v'higianu laz'man hazeh.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, for giving us life, for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this season

Happy Hanukkah! 


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Etsy Treasury Love–Holiday Gift Shopping

Etsy sellers have included me in their Treasuries and I'd like to thank them. Please click on their shops and items.

Hanukkah Gifts by Linda My best selling necklace
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Hanukkah Part 2

The Hanukkah menorah and the dreidel are 2 symbols of Hanukkah. 

Menorah is a Hebrew word meaning “candelabrum” and refers to the nine-branched ceremonial lamp in which the Hanukkah candles are placed and blessed each night of the holiday.  The nine branches include eight branches, one for each day of the holiday, and one branch for the shamash (servant) candle that is used to light the other candles. In ancient times, oil was used in the menorah. Over time, candles were substituted for oil. The Hanukkah menorah can also be called a hanukkiyah. (Seven-branched candelabra, one of the major symbols of the State of Israel today, are used for kindling the lights of Shabbat.) 

The word dreidel derives from a German word meaning “spinning top,” and is the toy used in a Hanukkah game adapted from an old German gambling game. Hanukkah was one of the few times of the year when rabbis permitted games of chance. The four sides of the top bear four Hebrew letters: nun, gimmel, hey, and shin. 

Hanukkah Menorah and Dreidel Bracelet set by Linda B. 

Players begin by putting into a central pot or “kitty” a certain number of coins, chocolate money known as gelt, nuts, buttons or other small objects. Each player in turn spins the dreidel and proceeds as follows:

nun – take nothing;
gimmel – take everything;
hey – take half;
shin – put one in.

Over time, the letters on the dreidel were reinterpreted to stand for the first letter of each word in the Hebrew statement “Neis gadol hayah sham,” which means “A great miracle happened there” and refers to the defeat of the Syrian army and the re-dedication of the Temple.  In Israel, one letter on the dreidel differs from thos eused in the rest of the world. The shin has been replaced with a pey, transforming the Hebrew statement into Neis gadol hayah po, which means“A great miracle happened here.”

Latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly donuts)—foods cooked in oil—are traditionally eaten during Hanukkah and serve as a symbol of the legend of the jar of oil that lasted for eight days.  In Israel, pastry shops specialize in creating delicious and creative sufganiyot. 

Note: as a child, I was not exposed to sufganiyot, it was about the latkes that my Aunt Dee would come over and make with us. 


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