Hanukkah

Hanukkah Gift Ideas for Babies

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Looking for a Hanukkah gift for a baby? Sure, you could buy a toy, but you probably don’t know which toys the baby already has. Do you want to buy a truly unique Hanukkah gift for the baby? Then check out the Hanukkah gift ideas for babies described below.

Babies wear onesies. And as parents will tell you, the more onesies the better, since babies often go through many changes of clothing a day.  These My First Hanukkah onesies are made of 100% combed ring spun cotton jersey for your baby’s comfort. The three snap closure on the bottom makes it easy to change the baby’s diaper.

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Available in four colors and priced at under $18, these Chanukah onesies are great Hanukkah gifts for babies. For more info, click here.

Would you rather buy a long sleeved onesie for the baby? These long sleeved My First Hanukkah onesies are made of super soft 100% combed ring spun cotton to keep baby comfortable. It also has a snap closure for easy diaper changing.

My First Hanukkah Onesie

Available in four colors and priced at under $20, this Hanukkah onesie featuring a dancing dreidel is a winner.  For further info, click here.

Not sure of  the baby’s size? Then buy a Hanukkah baby bib. These Mommy’s Little Latke  baby bibs are made of 100% combed ring spun cotton jersey and are double layered and super soft. When it get dirty, it’s easy to clean. Just throw into the washer and dryer.

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Available in four colors, and priced under $15, these Chanukah bibs will make baby’s parents happy. For more bib info, click here.

 

 

Need a Hanukkah gift for a newborn baby? These My First Chanukah baby gowns are made of soft 100% ring spun cotton and feature mitten sleeves to keep the baby warm and save by preventing the baby from scratching him/herself. The opening at the bottom allows for easy diaper changes.My FIrst Chanukah Baby Gown

Priced at under $20 and available in four colors, this is a unique Hanukkah gift for newborns. For further info about this gown, click here.

 

 

Would you like instead to buy a long sleeved t shirt for the baby as a Hanukkah present? These cute Little Latke Lover long sleeved baby t shirts are made of super soft 100% ring spun cotton and are tagless so the baby will be more comfortable.

Little Latke Lover long sdleeve Hanukkah t shirtPriced at under $20 and available in four colors, these are Hanukkah gifts parents of the baby will be glad to receive. To find out more about this t shirt, click here.

Here’s a unique Hanukkah gift idea for the baby’s parents- a Hanukkah baby burp cloth. Made of 100% softened polyester fleece and machine washable, this colorful 12″ by 16″ Hanukkah burp cloth will help keep baby’s Mom and Dad clean during baby feedings.

Happy Chanukah burp clothPriced at under $20, these Happy Hanukkah burp cloths are a Chanukah gift parents of Jewish babies will appreciate. To learn more about these burp cloths, click here.

Babies get cold. Especially in the winter, they should be wearing a hat. These beanie style I Love You A Latke Hanukkah baby hats are cute and useful. Made of super soft 100% ring spun cotton, these hats are available in four colors.

I Love You a Latke Hanukkah baby hatPriced at under $15, these hats are great Hanukkah gifts for babies. For further info, click here.

The Hanukkah designs pictured on a particular product, are often available on other products as well, such as onesies, t shirts and hats. To see Jewtee’s entire collection of baby gifts for Hanukkah, click here.

Remember that all products from JewTee.com are backed by a 30 day money back guarantee. So shop with confidence.

 

 

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Hanukkah Gift Ideas for Bubbie and Zeyde: Grandma and Grandpa

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Hanukkah, Chanukah, is almost here. This year it begins on the night of December 2 and ends at nightfall on December 10. That’s only about two and a half weeks away. So  now’s the time to order so that the gifts will arrive before Hanukkah. Not sure what to buy? This post will detail a few Chanukah Holiday suggestions for Bubbie and Zeyde. Following posts will feature Hanukkah gifts for kids and for the entire family, including the dog.

For Bubbie, your beloved Jewish grandmother:

Does Bubbi like to shlep lots of things with her? Buy her these 10oz natural canvas tote bags. She can use it for groceries, for her knitting, or for anything she wishes. If it gets dirty, it’s no problem. Just put it in the washer and dryer. Priced under $20, it’s both a useful and original gift. For more info, click here.

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Does Bubby like to drink tea or coffee? Does she have a sense of humor? Why not buy her a funny new mug like this one?

bubbie_rocks_yiddish_large_mug-2This large ceramic mug holds 15oz of Bubbie’s favorite liquid. Choose either a white or black handle for this dishwasher and microwave safe mug. To learn more about the mug, click here.

Does Bubi love Mah Jong? Want to get her something to keep her warm? This Mah Jong Mama zip hoodie is just the thing.mah_jong_mama_zip_hoodieAvailable in grey or pink, made of 80/20 cotton/polyester fleece, this hoodie can be washed and dried in the machine for easy care. Click here for more info.

 

For Zeyde, your beloved Jewish Grandfather:

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Winters are long and cold. Keep Zeyde warm with these Call Me Zeyde 90% cotton, 10% polyester sweatshirts. With their ribbed cuffs, these sweatshirts will keep Zeyde warm and comfortable. They’re also easy to keep clean. Just put them in the washer and dryer.

Priced under $35, and available in black, blue, white or gray, these sweatshirts are a great Hanukkah gift. For more info, click here.

Bubbie is not the only one who rocks. So does Zeyde. This funny short sleeve t shirt is available in five colors and can be machine washed and dried. For further details, click here.

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Of course you love spending time with Zeyde, Grandpa. It’s so much fun. Even though Gramps is retired, he always has time for you. Show him how much you love spending time and being with him, by buying him a special 100% cotton baseball cap:

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Priced at under $20, this is great Hanukkah gift. For more info, click here.

 

 

 

 

Note: Although these deigns are pictured in certain colors and styles and on certain products, they can be found in many other colors and styles and on many other products as well. In addition, JewTee.com has many other gifts for Bubbi and Zeyde. To see the entire collection of Bubbie and Zeyde merchandise,  click here.

Remember, all JewTee products are backed by a 30 day money back guarantee. So shop with confidence.

 

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Hanukkah Facts and Blessings

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Shalom Y’all:

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy!

This year JewTee has decided to feature articles about the fast approaching Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, or  Chanukah, a holiday of joy and thanksgiving. We all know that on Hanukkah you light candles, play the dreidel and eat latkes, but why do we do these things? Read on to find out the answers to these and many other Hanukkah questions.

When is Hanukkah 2017?

Hanukkah 2017 begins the evening of December 12th and lasts until nightfall December 20, 2017. 

What does Hanukkah mean?

Hanukkah, or Chanukah, is the Hebrew word for dedication or inauguration. The word Chanukah in Hebrew can also be divided into two Hebrew words: Chanu- meaning they rested, and Kah-here.  In addition, the numerical value of the Hebrew letters which spell Chanukah is 25. On the 25th day of Kislev, the Hebrew date of Chanukah, the Maccabees rested from fighting and rededicated the Temple.

What is the History of Hanukkah?

The history of Hanukkah starts with Alexander the Great. When he conquered Syria, Egypt and Israel, he  allowed the countries he conquered to practice their own religion and gave them a bit of autonomy. Some Jews liked the Hellenistic pagan culture and began to adopt Greek language, names, customs and dress.

More than 100 years later, a descendent of Alexander, the Seleucid Greek King Antiochus IV ruled the area. In 168 BCE, thinking the Jews had revolted, as they had forced his Hellenistic High priest designee to flee, he entered Jerusalem, massacring thousands of Jews and enslaving thousands more. Siding with the Hellenists against the Traditionalists, he forbade the practice of Judaism, including the Sabbath, circumcision and dietary laws, under the penalty of death. Torah scrolls were confiscated and burned. He restored his Hellenistic High Priest and further defiled the Temple by placing a statue of Jupiter above the altar and requiring that pigs be sacrificed there to the pagan god.  The King then ordered representatives to go from town to town to force the people to worship the pagan gods. Those who refused were put to death. 

When they reached the town of Modiin, where Mattityahu, the old priest lived, an altar was built in the center of the village and a Greek officer demanded that Mattityahu offer sacrifices to the Greek gods. When he refused, a Hellenistic Jew attempted to offer such a sacrifice. Mattityahu  killed him. His five sons and their friends then killed the  Greek overseer and destroyed the altar. This band of Jews fled to the hills and formed a guerilla army. So began the war against the Hellenistic Jews and the Greeks. 

Before his death, Mattityahu designated his oldest son Judah, nicknamed Maccabee, Hammer, to lead the battle against the Greeks and the Hellenistic Jews. Judah’s followers were called the Maccabees, which is also an acronym for the Hebrew phrase- Who Is Like You Among the Powers,  Oh Lord.

The Greeks fought the Maccabees and their followers. After three years, in 165 BCE, the Maccabees managed to reconquer Jerusalem. The Temple had been used as a pagan sanctuary in which pigs were sacrificed on its altar. The Maccabees cleaned the temple, built a new altar and menorah, as the real one had been melted down by the Greeks. The Maccabees then rededicated the Temple on the 25th of Kislev, which is the Hebrew date on which we begin the celebration of Chanukah.

When they attempted to light the Menorah with pure olive oil from jars with the High Priest’s seal, they found only one vial, containing enough oil to last but one day. This was problematic, as the Menorah was supposed to be lit daily. Miraculously, it lasted for eight days, which was enough time for a new supply of oil to be produced.  To commemorate this miracle, the sages established an eight day holiday of thanksgiving and candle lighting.

Hanukkah really celebrates two miracles- the military victory of the vastly outnumbered Jewish army over the Seleucid Greeks and the spiritual victory of Jewish values over Hellenism, symbolized by the rededication of the Temple. The candles that we light memorialize the spiritual victory.

Hanukkah Traditions and Foods

The most important Jewish tradition relating to Hanukkah is the lighting of the Hanukkah candles. Here are some questions and answers concerning the lighting of the Hanukkah candles.

How many Hanukkah Menorahs Should I Set Up for My Family?

In the Sephardic (Jews originally from the Iberian peninsula) tradition, only one Menorah per household is lit. In Ashkenazic tradition, each member of the household  lights his or her own menorah.

Which Hanukkah Candles Should I Use?

Many people like to use olive oil, since the miracle of Hanukkah involved olive oil. These days many Jewish bookstores, including those online, sell pre-measured olive oil in disposable glass cups which fit into the cupholders of many standard menorahs. But wax candles are fine also as long as they last at least 30 minutes after nightfall.

Where Should I Place My Menorah?

The idea is to publicize the miracle of the lights. So, if possible, place it outside the house on the left side of the front door, where passerby will see it. If you live on an upper floor, or placing it outside is not feasible, put it next to the window facing the street. If this is also not feasible, then place it inside the house on a table.

When Should I Light the Candles?

It’s best to light the candles at nightfall. However, as long as people are still awake, it can be lit even late at night.

However, on Friday night the Hanukkah candles should be lit before the Sabbath lights, at least 18 minutes before sundown. Since the Hanukkah candles still need to burn for at least 30 minutes after nightfall, many people use Sabbath candles, as these last longer than the usual colored Hanukkah candles.

Is there a particular way to light the Hanukkah candles?

On the first night, place the candle at the far right, as you face the menorah. The helper candle, the Shamash, which is used to light the candle, is not counted as a candle. It should have a designated place on your menorah.

First light the Shamash, then recite the blessings, and then light the Hanukkah candle using the Shamash.

On the second night, begin by placing one candle on the right, followed by another on the right. Light the candle to the left, first. The principle is as follows -place candles in the Chanukah menorah from right to left; light the Hanukkah candles in order from left to right. This means that the candle added that night will always be lit first.

The first two blessings are said with the Shamash already lit, but immediately prior to lighting the Chanukah candles.

Blessing #1 

Baruch ata Ado-noi Elo-heinu melech ha-olam, Asher kid-shanu bi-mitzvo-sav, Vi-tzee-vanu li-had-leek ner shel Chanukah.

Blessed are You, the Lord our G-d, King of the universe, Who sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah candle.

Blessing #2 

Baruch ata Ado-noi Elo-heinu melech ha-olam, Shi-asa nee-seem la-avo-seinu, Baya-meem ha-haim baz-man ha-zeh.

Blessed are You, the Lord our G-d, King of the universe, Who made miracles for our forefathers, in those days at this season.

Blessing #3

This blessing is said on the first night only. 

Baruch ata Ado-noi Elo-heinu melech ha-olam, Sheh-he-che-yanu vi-kee-yimanu Vi-hee-gee-yanu laz-man ha-zeh.

Blessed are You, the Lord our God, King of the universe, Who has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought us to this season. Afterwards, we say the following:

Ha-nerot ha-lalu anach-nu mad-likin Al ha-nissim vi-al hanif-laot Al ha-tshu-ot vi-al ha-milchamot She-asita la’avo-teinu Ba-yamim ha-heim, ba-zman ha-zeh Al ye-dey kohan-echa haki-doshim.

Vi-chol shmonat ye-mey Chanukah Ha-nerot ha-lalu kodesh heim, Ve-ein lanu reshut li-heesh-tamesh ba-hem Ela leer-otam bilvad Kedai le-hodot u-li-hallel li-shimcha Al ni-secha vi-al niflo-techa vi-al yeshua-techa.

 We kindle these lights for the miracles and the wonders, and for the salvation and for the battles which You performed for our forefathers, in those days , at this season, through your holy priests. These lights are sacred for all eight days of Chanukah and we do not have permission to make personal use of them, but only to look at them in order to express thanks and praise to your great Name for Your miracles, Your wonders and Your salvation.

To watch the Chanukah candles being lit and to hear the blessings, click here:

There’s still time to buy Hanukkah shirts, mugs, aprons and other gifts from JewTee.com. To see our entire collection of Jewish and Hanukkah apparel and gifts, click here:

Our next post, will highlight Hanukkah foods and another Chanukah traditions. 

 

 

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Chanukah Questions and Answers

Shalom Y’All:

Chanukah is just six weeks away. It begins on December 16, 2014. My next few blogs will be about Hanukkah.

I think its easier to understand information when it’s presented in short chunks, so I will use the question and answer format for this blog entry.

Q: Why do we celebrate Hanukkah?

A: In the second century BCE a small band of Jews, known as the Maccabees, defeated the Greek army that controlled Israel. The Jews rebelled when the Greeks tried to force them to forego their religion and adopt Hellenism.

The second miracle that happened on Chanukah was that, when the Maccabees liberated the Temple, they only found enough pure oil to light the Menorah for one day. As the Menorah was lit daily, this was a problem. However, the small amount of oil they found burned for eight days and nights, enough time for a new supply of pure oil to be produced.

Q: What is the meaning of the word Chanukah?

Chanukah means dedication. When the Maccabees liberated the Temple, they rededicated it and the altar within it to the service of the Almighty. It had been defiled by the Greeks for pagan worship.

The word Chanukah in Hebrew can also be spilt into: Chanu- meaning they rested, and Kah-here. The numerical value of the Hebrew letters spelling Chanukah is 25. On the 25th day of Kislev, the Hebrew date of Chanukah, the Maccabees rested from fighting and rededicated the Temple.

Q: What does Maccabee mean?

A: It may come from the Hebrew word for hammer or hitting, or it may be an acrostic for the Hebrew words-Mi Kamocha Ba-Elim Hashem- Who Is Like You Among the Mighty, G-d.

Q: Which is correct English spelling- Hanukkah or Chanukah?

In Hebrew, Chanukah is pronounced with a type of guttural ch sound which English does not have. H is the closest English language sound to it. So both are correct.

Q: How do we celebrate Chanukah?

A: Each of the eight nights of Hanukkah we light the menorah, adding an additional candle or light each night. The menorah can be lit using either candles, or oil and wicks.

Q: Are any special foods eaten on Hanukkah?

A: It is customary to eat foods fried in oil, such as latkes and donuts.

Q: Why do we play Dreidel on Hanukkah?

A: When the Greeks ruled over Israel, they disallowed the study of the Torah,  a crime punishable by death. Jewish kids were taught Torah in caves to avoid being seen. When a Greek patrol was spotted near the cave, the children would begin playing with their tops or dreidels. Playing dreidel reminds us of their bravery.

The four Hebrew letters on the dreidel stand for “Nes Gadol Hayah Sham,” A Great Miracle Happened There- meaning Israel. In Israel, kids use a dreidel with the Hebrew letter Pey, substituting for the Shin, making the phrase, “Nes Gadol Hayah Poh,” A Great Miracle Happened Here.”

Q: What does Dreidel mean?

A: Dreidel comes from the yiddish word drei, or spin.

Q: Why do we give gifts to the children on Chanukah?

A: Originally, children received Chanukah gelt (money).

One explanation for this custom is that Chanukah gelt was distributed to avoid embarrassment to the poor by enabling them to buy oil or candles for the Menorah.

Another explanation is that Hanukkah sounds like the Hebrew word for education, hinnukh. In late medieval Europe, families gave their children money to give to their Jewish teacher on Hanukkah as a show of their appreciation. In time, the custom also included giving coins to kids to encourage their Jewish studies. Today, Chanukah gelt is sold as chocolate candies in the shape of coins.

Yet another reason is to commemorate the coins minted by the Maccabees after their victory.

Giving gifts is an adaption of the Christian custom of gift giving during this season.

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