Trip Start Nov 13, 2006
Trip End Oct 21, 2008

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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Hannuka, like many Jewish festivals, celebrates the striving of the Jews over another nation - this time the hellenistic Greeks. An 8 branched candle is lit to commemorate that when the Jewish rebellion resanctified the temple in 165  BCE, the oil left inside miraculously lasted for 8 days. It gained popularity with the advent of christmas, and the candle-light 
represents spirituality in the darkness of mid winter.

In Israel in place of xmas trees, you can see big electric hannukias on the streets, and little candles in windows - even in the window of Mr Coffee Bean, the popluar hang out for residents at the Ra'anana MKSH.

At my evening ulpan (ivrit) class we took a break early to eat donuts (a popula hannuka food) and then were priveleged to witness what I can only describe as a cross between Eurovision and a primary school christmas play - The Hannuka show. Members from different classes got up on stage to sing songs and light the candles of the hannukia. All with terrible music in the background. It was nice to see people from round the world such as Tochio - the japanese student in our class - getting up on stage wearing a yamulka to join in.

The festival lasts 8 days, and yesterday was the MKSH Hannuka trip to the Negev.
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