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					        Adam
        Friday, January 14, 2011
        Paragraph Practice: “A Special Holiday Memory”


                                         Chanukah Stories
        Although many holidays are celebrated in December, my family celebrates a very

special holiday called Chanukah. It’s a Jewish holiday celebrating the rededication of the holy

temple. Chanukah is 8 days and nights. It is also called the, “festival of lights”. Each night

a candle is lit on the Menorah. My family has a Menorah that is glass, fragile, colorful and

very beautiful. We celebrate by saying prayers and eating food. My temple is Shir Shalom.

Chanukah is my favorite holiday because it makes me feel happy when I’m with my family

and friends.

        A special memory from Chanukah was that my family had a humongous party. First,

almost 70 people came to our house. Next, I played Wii in the basement with friends. We

took turns. Then, I helped say the Bruchah prayer and Gary, a family friend, lit the last candle

on the menorah. Last, we passed around the challah bread and ate yummy food. Latkes are

my favorite Jewish food. A latke is a potato pancake. It tastes best with sour cream and

apple sauce. The Chanukah party was my special memory from this year and I can’t wait to

celebrate again next year.

        A really fun part of Chanukah is opening a present each night. Our family’s tradition

is to open our gifts in the kitchen. My favorite gift is a game for the Wii, it’s called Super

Mario Galaxy. First, I opened the blue rapping paper and yelled, “Wow! That is awesome!”

Then, I ran downstairs fast as lighting and Lira said, “You are not playing video games!” So,

I went to the living room and inserted the disc into the Wii. The Wii read, “Press start,” I

did, and kept playing the exciting game until the batteries in the Wii remote ran out. I

finished the game, so I saved it and shut down the Wii. Finally, I put the Wii remote away in

the cabinet. I love video games! Playing video games is my favorite hobby, so this was a

perfect Chanukah gift for me.
                                        Illustrations of Chanukah




                         Me lighting the candles on my menorah the first day of Chanukah

                                                  Blessing over Candles



                                        Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha'olam
                                 Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe


                                             asher kidishanu b'mitz'votav v'tzivanu
                            Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us


                                              l'had'lik neir shel Chanukah. (Amein)
                                          to light the lights of Chanukkah. (Amen)

                                                 Blessing for Chanukkah



                                        Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha'olam
                                 Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe


                              she'asah nisim la'avoteinu bayamim haheim baziman hazeh. (Amein)
                            Who performed miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time

                                             Shehecheyanu (first night only)



                                        Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha'olam
                                 Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe


                                   shehecheyanu v'kiyimanu v'higi'anu laz'man hazeh. (Amein)
                       who has kept us alive, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season (Amen)

Dreidel: A fun game to play. I spin the dreidel and earn gelt (chocolate coins). The symbols are Hebrew words (Gimel,
Dolit, Hay, Shin).

				
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