The Miracle of Chanukah

 

Last year I was inspired by a grand, beautiful menorah that @iwe and his family made for Chanukah. I convinced my husband to help me make one, and here it is! We made it of PVC that we sawed, glued and painted, and used battery-operated candles. (It is, at least, OSHA-approved.)

I will be lighting our other menorah with real candles and the new one Sunday evening, the lead candle (Shamas) and the first candle. It is a poignant time to remember not only the Maccabees who fought against the Seleucids, but all those men who have battled against the odds.

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  1. Jules PA Member
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    Beautiful.

    Let your light shine!

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  2. Rodin Member
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    Lovely.

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  3. Gary McVey Contributor
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    I hope this makes the Main Feed!

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  4. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Gary McVey (View Comment):

    I hope this makes the Main Feed!

    That is so sweet, @garymcvey. Thanks. Just need five more Likes.

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  5. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    I have always liked this act of God. Struck me as a child. 

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  6. Ontheleftcoast Member
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    Susan Quinn: It is a poignant time to remember not only the Maccabees who fought against the Seleucids, but all those men who have battled against the odds.

    And, as some delicately put it, against “Hellenizers.” Meaning that the Maccabees, bitterly clinging to their swords and religion, were fighting the Seleucids and Jews whose loyalties lay with Greek culture.

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  7. Front Seat Cat Member
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    Great job by husband!  It’s lovely – a light in the darkness – God bless – pray for Israel.

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  8. Stad Coolidge
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    The Old and New Testaments are filled with miracles.  It’s a shame nowadays a cell phone with a longer-lasting battery is what ranks as a “miracle” . . .

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  9. iWe Coolidge
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    Fantastic! 

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  10. Gary Robbins Reagan
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    Lovely.  

    I am proud to say that we will have a menorah lighting at the Flagstaff City Hall on December 3rd at 5:30 pm.  

    I will be there to embrace my Jewish brothers and sisters.

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  11. Yehoshua Ben-Eliyahu Inactive
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    Susan Quinn: It is a poignant time to remember not only the Maccabees who fought against the Seleucids, but all those men who have battled against the odds

    That’s why we love Trump.  

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  12. Valiuth Inactive
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    Can I ask a silly question? 

    I have seen Hanukkah and Chanukah, why do we have two different spellings? I assume in Hebrew it has just one spelling, so how did we end up with two versions in English? 

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  13. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Valiuth (View Comment):

    Can I ask a silly question?

    I have seen Hanukkah and Chanukah, why do we have two different spellings? I assume in Hebrew it has just one spelling, so how did we end up with two versions in English?

    The pronunciation is a harsh “H” sound, and English doesn’t have a letter for it. Some people can’t make that guttural sound anyway, so they say a soft “h.” Here’s an example of the “Ch” sound, although I say Chan-oo-kah:

     

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  14. Ontheleftcoast Member
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    Valiuth (View Comment):

    Can I ask a silly question?

    I have seen Hanukkah and Chanukah, why do we have two different spellings? I assume in Hebrew it has just one spelling, so how did we end up with two versions in English?

    There’s also a grammatical reason in Hebrew for the doubled letter k in the transliteration though it doesn’t make much sense in English pronunciation.

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  15. Valiuth Inactive
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    The pronunciation is a harsh “H” sound, and English doesn’t have a letter for it. Some people can’t make that guttural sound anyway, so they say a soft “h.” Here’s an example of the “Ch” sound, although I say Chan-oo-kah:

    That’s funny because I don’t think Ch would make English speakers naturally think of a harsh H, rather they would think of words with French origins like “chandelier”, “charming” and so go with the pronunciation you go with which seem further a foot from the Hebrew. Maybe with a K? Khanuka, though now that I write it I realize I would say it like Kan-oo-kah. Hard to translate sounds that don’t exist in one language to another… maybe H’anukka? That way you maybe strengthen the H by outlining it. Also since H’ isn’t a thing in English we can just declare it as a harsh H. 

    Words are so much fun. 

     

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  16. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Valiuth (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    The pronunciation is a harsh “H” sound, and English doesn’t have a letter for it. Some people can’t make that guttural sound anyway, so they say a soft “h.” Here’s an example of the “Ch” sound, although I say Chan-oo-kah:

    That’s funny because I don’t think Ch would make English speakers naturally think of a harsh H, rather they would think of words with French origins like “chandelier”, “charming” and so go with the pronunciation you go with which seem further a foot from the Hebrew. Maybe with a K? Khanuka, though now that I write it I realize I would say it like Kan-oo-kah. Hard to translate sounds that don’t exist in one language to another… maybe H’anukka? That way you maybe strengthen the H by outlining it. Also since H’ isn’t a thing in English we can just declare it as a harsh H.

    Words are so much fun.

     

    It is fun to play with it, isn’t it @valiuth? I’m glad you asked about it–I’m sure others have wondered, too!

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