The Story of the Egg and Why It’s So Important to Traditional Hanukkah Celebrations

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Introduction: The History of the Egg in Jewish Tradition

In Jewish tradition, eggs symbolize new life and hope. An egg laid on a Shabbat eve is given to a child in the family to show that the child should have a happy childhood, with plenty of food, clothes, friends and people to love them. When Jews would light an oil lamp for the festival of Hanukkah it was customary to hide an egg under the lamp’s wick as another symbol of good fortune. In some families, the first egg of the year is given to a child and the child is expected to throw the egg against a wall to smash it. This practice symbolizes the renewal of life at Hanukkah. Eggs are also a symbol of masculinity, fertility and wealth. In addition to the egg-shaped menorah that adorns many synagogues in the United States, many Jewish men will wear an egg on their beards during the days of Hanukkah, when they are supposed to be fasting and abstaining from food. However, this practice is probably more associated with the holiday than with any theological symbolism.

batsheva hays rich eggy hanukkah
batsheva hays rich eggy hanukkah

How You Can Prepare for Hanukkah

Eggs and chocolate chips are among the most popular ingredients in cake recipes. The cakes and cookies can be either sweet or savory, but all of them have eggs as an ingredient. If you have enough raw materials left over after making your Hanukkah favorites, this is a perfect time to make an eggless recipe. Simply replace the eggs with an alternative, such as oil or flax seed flour, which will come to the same recipe’s results. The oil and flax seed recipe will be lower in calories than the egg recipe. This is recommended for those who are trying to lose weight, as eggs are high in fat. For children, it is a good idea to make an egg-free cake; otherwise, a child may choke on the cakes’ tasty frosting. You can make your cake with chocolate chips or nuts. An alternative way to celebrate Hanukkah is baking your own matzo at home. This is a great project that gives you the opportunity to use up all of the leftover matzo. This will make your holiday more delicious and it will also be good for you since you are making your own food. A fresh batch of matzo is made after every Pesach holiday, but this should not be done every year, otherwise it becomes too tedious to do so. Check out this link: http://www.ecg.org/Pages/Matzo.html to learn how to make the matzo yourself.
More information on eggs and their uses in recipes:
Eggs are a staple ingredient in many recipes, yet they are usually not included in food allergies lists, as they do not provoke allergies (1). They are also used by many people without special needs, as they add nutrition and texture to baked goods and dishes (1).
Eggs are also great for children who eat low- or no-fat foods. The protein, vitamins, and other nutrients make eggs an ideal food for young children who need to gain weight. Children who have been diagnosed with diabetes also benefit from eating eggs (2).

batsheva hays rich eggy hanukkah
batsheva hays rich eggy hanukkah

How to Make Your Own Dreidel

This is a great way to spend time with children and make them feel like part of the holiday. Gather up the required materials: construction paper, glue, scissors, and markers. Draw a dreidel on a piece of paper. Use half of it for one side and half for another side. Cut out the dreidel shape along its lines and make the halves fit each other to make the clay dreidel. Glue the halves together and draw a little Star of David on one half of the dreidel. Use different colors of construction paper for each side of your dreidel. When you are finished, you can play with it for hours or include it in your holiday decorations.
This project was originally published in the Allon Family Association’s Bat Sheva Hanukkah Book, “Party Time!” and is reprinted with permission.
Each project includes: Materials List, Step-by-Step Instructions, a Bible Verses and a coloring page.
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Hanukkah Traditions and Customs Explained – The Lighting of the Menorah

The tradition of lighting the menorah is not mentioned in the Torah (Bible). It was a custom that developed over time, partly from the idea that one should not allow a lamp to go out and from the importance of having light during an eight-day festival. According to Jewish tradition, there are eight days between each of the eight nights of Hanukkah (Chanukah). On the first night of Hanukkah all lights are put out except for one, which symbolizes how the evil powers were finally defeated. On each night of the festival a new light is lit, and the candle flames must be kept low throughout the night until the candles are completely extinguished on the eighth day. The word Chanukah means “dedication” or “dedication of a portion of holy days” in Hebrew. The holiday commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem after it had been desecrated by the Babylonian army. The religious significance of this event is based on Jewish law, on the seventeenth chapter of Deuteronomy. “A son among your brothers may be struck down before you; you are not to seek vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you must love your neighbor as yourself.” (Deuteronomy 19:1-5).
The actual lighting of candles is a custom much older than the time of Judaism and Christianity. It has also been said that it was only added to the holiday in order to allow for a later start time when it was close to sunset and earlier rising time.”

batsheva hays rich eggy hanukkah
batsheva hays rich eggy hanukkah