12/13/15 - NNHS Newsletter
Last Day of Hanukkah
“The miracle, of course, was not that the oil for the sacred light -
“Meditations on the Fall
and Winter Holidays”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
On this last day of Hanukkah, we have Joe Madagan to thank for the theme music, Eight Days of Chanukah:
From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/08/12 - "Chanukah Music Lyrics":
Please find the attached .pdf file with Five Songs for your subscribers to celebrate the Festival of Lights (Dedication), compliments of The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry. The Tampa Bay Fellowship of the Friends of Israel met this afternoon and we had a wonderful time of celebration and fellowship.
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL
Once again, thanks so very much, Sweet Adonis! Revisiting the same four Hanukkah songs every year was becoming embarrassing!
BONUS - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_J9eENUHVU - Eight Days of Hanukkah
|Many Jewish people in the United States mark the last day of
Hanukkah as the end of the Hanukkah celebrations. Hanukkah, also known
as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish observance to
commemorate the Jewish people's struggle for religious freedom.
Hanukkah is one of the happiest Jewish events for many Jewish Americans. Many families light candles on the hanukiah, a type of candle holder, eat sizzling potato pancakes, give gifts and play with the dreidel, a spinning toy that is particularly popular during Hanukkah.
The last day of Hanukkah is the eighth day of Hanukkah. It is known as Zose Hanukkah, Zos Hanukkah or Zot Hanukkah. It is the second day of the month of Tevet and marks the day on which the great miracle of oil occurred, according to Jewish belief. It is a particularly special day because it encapsulates all of Hanukkah.
Hanukkah events in the United States include daytime or evening events featuring make popular food eaten during Hanukkah, particularly food fried in oil. There are also music nights reserved for singing and playing the dreidel, games events, as well as concerts and plays...
Hanukkah commemorates the Jewish people’s successful rebellion against the Syrians in the Maccabean War in 162 BCE. A ritual cleansing and re-dedication of the Temple occurred after the Jewish people’s victory. It is believed that there was only enough consecrated oil to keep the lamp burning for one day but the small bottle of oil miraculously lasted for eight days. Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah, is referred as the Feast of Lights or Festival of Lights for this reason.
Moreover, the survival of Judaism over the many years is also celebrated during this period. Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days between the 25th day of the month of Kislev to the second day of Tevet in the Hebrew calendar. The first day of Hanukkah marks the start of eight-day Hanukkah period. It is marked as the 25th day of the month of Kislev in the Jewish calendar. The Hanukkah period ends on the second day of the month of Tevet. It is important to note that many Jewish observances begin at sunset on the day before.
The dreidel is a toy that is popular during the Hanukkah celebrations. It is a spinning top with a different Hebrew letter inscribed in each of its four sides – the four letters form an acronym meaning “a great miracle happened here”. The hanukiah (or chanukkiyah) is a type of candelabrum that holds eight candles to commemorate the eight days that the oil burned and a ninth candle that sits apart, known as the shamash, or servant candle that lights the others. One candle is lit on the first night, another on the second, and so forth until all candles are lit on the last night...
The Army-Navy Football Game was played at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday, December 12, 3:00 PM (carried on CBS). Navy beat Army 21-17.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Kay Davis Smith ('57)!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
15 - Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND Buster Vest ('63) of VA;
16 - Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of MA;
17 - Norma Helmick Burks ('63) AND Tom Oxner ('65) of AR;
18 - James Strickland ('57);
19 - Durwood Adams ('57) AND The late Suzie Bauz ('63) (deceased 11/03/14);
20 - Ellen Carney Manson ('63) of SC!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
December 13, 1937
Second Sino-Japanese War:
Battle of Nanking –
defended by the
National Revolutionary Army under the command of General
Shengzhi, fell to the
Nanjing Massacre: Japanese troops began carrying out several weeks worth of
raping and murdering hundreds of thousands civilians and suspected Chinese
resistance after the fall of Nanjing.
December 13, 1939 - Battle of the River Plate – Captain Hans Langsdorff of the German Deutschland class cruiser (pocket battleship) Admiral Graf Spee engaged with Royal Navy cruisers HMS Exeter, HMS Ajax and HMNZS Achilles.
December 13, 1943 -The Massacre of Kalavryta: by German occupying forces in Greece.
December 13, 1944 - The U.S. cruiser Nashville was badly damaged in a Japanese kamikaze suicide attack. 138 people were killed in the attack.
THIS DAY IN1965:
|Monday, December 13, 1965 - Actress and singer Jackie Clune was born in Harlow, Essex, England.|
|“Now, near the Winter
Solstice, it is good to light candles. All the nice meanings of bringing
light to the world can be beautiful. But perhaps we are concentrating on
lighting the world because we don't know how to light up our own lives.”
'Hanukkah - Another View'
PEACOCKS AND (OOPS - NO POMEGRANATES!):
“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems
like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour.
From My Friend, Tammy, of UT - 12/07/14 - "Daily Christmas Story (#11 in a Series of 24)":
|This year I decided to
share some of my favorite Christmas stories and quotes. It is a
tradition in our family to read a Christmas story every night in
December culminating with the Nativity on the 24th.
Christmas Story Day 11, A
Brother Like That
Brother Like That
A man named Paul received an automobile from his brother as a Christmas present. On Christmas Eve when Paul came out of his office, a street urchin was walking around the shiny new car, admiring it. "Is this your car, Mister?" he asked.
Paul nodded. "My brother gave it to me for Christmas." The boy was astounded. "You mean your brother gave it to you and it didn't cost you nothing? Boy, I wish..." He hesitated…
Of course Paul knew what he was going to wish for. He was going to wish he had a brother like that. But what the lad said jarred Paul all the way down to his heels.
"I wish," the boy went on, "that I could be a brother like that."
Paul looked at the boy in astonishment, then impulsively he added, "Would you like to take a ride in my automobile?"
"Oh yes, I'd love that."
After a short ride, the boy turned and with his eyes aglow, said, "Mister, would you mind driving in front on my house?"
Paul smiled a little. He thought he knew what the lad wanted. He wanted to show his neighbors that he could ride home in a big automobile. But Paul was wrong again. "Will you stop where those two steps are?" the boy asked.
He ran up the steps. Then in a little while Paul heard him coming back, but he was not coming fast. He was carrying his little crippled brother. He sat him down on the bottom step, then sort of squeezed up against him and pointed to the car.
"There she is, Buddy, just like I told you upstairs. His brother gave it to him for Christmas and it didn't cost him a cent. And some day I'm gonna give you one just like it...then you can see for yourself all the pretty things in the Christmas windows that I've been trying to tell you about."
Paul got out and lifted the lad to the front seat of his car. The older brother climbed in beside him and the three of them began a memorable holiday ride.
That Christmas Eve, Paul learned what Jesus meant when He said, "It is more blessed to give than receive."
Thank you so very much, Tammy!
BONUS CHRISTMAS DECORATING IDEAS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML4l3xolQ5k - Making Festive Bows