Thursday, November 29, 2007

Polymeri Online 29.11.07 - Hanukkah

Hanukkah also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday beginning on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may fall anytime from late November to late December. It celebrates the re-kindling of the Temple menorah at the time of the Maccabee rebellion.

The festival is observed in Jewish homes by the kindling of lights on each night of the holiday and spinning a dreidel. Various menorot used for Hanukkah, also called Hanukiot.

The dreidel, or sevivon in Hebrew, is a four-sided spinning top that children play with on Hanukkah. Each side is imprinted with a Hebrew letter. These letters are an acronym for the Hebrew words "Nes Gadol Haya Sham"A great miracle happened there" (referring to the miracle of the oil that took place in the Beit Hamikdash).

Let's see some of my Israeli and non-Israeli friends making their Hanukiot and Dreidels -

Jackie's Menorah
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jackiesdesigns/2063199606/

Train Menorah by squashie
http://www.flickr.com/photos/86879058@N00/1907388652/

Dragon Menorah by DrMom (pc)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/76063918@N00/1953460840/
Don't forget her Judaica Blog - great resource for jewish tradition

Marcia Menorah's
http://www.mars-design.co.il/HTMLs/article.aspx?C2004=889&BSP=867

Efi Warsh Menorah
http://www.flickr.com/photos/efiwarsh/2065092753/

How to make a polymer clay dreidel - Movie clip by Roni Gur
The movie is followed by hebrew wording but you can understand it just from watching :)

Millefiori Dreidel Cane by Sigal Simovich (follow the numbers on your right)
http://www.tapuz.co.il/tapuzforum/main/Viewmsg.asp?forum=1484&msgid=109557172
or the WORD version
http://img2.tapuz.co.il/forums/1_109568899.doc

Menorah's by Naama Zamir
http://www.naamaza.com/site/detail/departAlbum/albumPic.asp?depart_id=2431&category_id=14391

Have a great holiday!