Hanukkah and Tzedakah

My friend at “Older Eyes” has sent greetings. I forward them to you.

Older Eyes

Last night, we lit the first candle in the Hanukkah Menorah.   We said the blessing … Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha-Olam, asher kiddeshanu b’mitzvotav, vitzivanu, lehadlik ner shel HanukkahBlessed are You, Lord our G-d, Ruler of the universe, who has sanctified us with Your commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the lights of Hanukkah.   Legend has it that at the time of the rededication of the Temple, there was very little oil left for the menorah, which was supposed to burn throughout the night every night. There was only enough oil to burn for one day, yet miraculously, it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of oil for the menorah.   Hence, foods cooked in oil are traditional for Hanukkah, particularly latkes (potato pancakes) andsufganiyah (jelly doughnuts).   We skipped the latkes this year and our jelly doughnuts came from…

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