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North Shore Temple Emanuel

a Progressive Jewish Congregation

Chanukah

What is Chanukah?

Chanukah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is our eight day celebration of a miracle that transpired in ancient days, which we commemorate beginning on the 25th day of Kislev. 

Some say that the miracle was the military victory of the Maccabean revolt, which defeated the armies of Antiochus and resulted in Jewish independence under the Hasmoneans. The rabbis of the Talmud say that the miracle was in the longevity of the tiny cruse of holy oil found in the desecrated Temple, which lasted eight days, long enough so that more could be made or procured and the Temple rededicated.  The term "Chanukah" means "Dedication."

Today, we light candles on each of the eight nights of Chanukah to remember and proclaim the ancient miracle.  While today's candleabrum (known as the menorah or chanukiah) typically employs wicks and wax rather than oil, we make sure to use plenty of oil in frying up latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (doughnuts), the special foods of the festival!

The blessings recited when lighting the Chanukah candles are as follows:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶׁל חֲנֻכָּה

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzi-va-nu le-had-lik ner shel Cha-nu-kah.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, who has sanctified us with commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁעָשָׂה נִסִּים לַאֲבוֹתֵינוּ בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם בָּזְּמַן הַזֶּה

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-a-sa ni-sim la-avo-te-nu ba-ya-mim ha-hem ba-zman ha-zeh.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, who performed miracles for our ancestors in those days, at this time.

(Third blessing, recited only on the first night):

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לָזְּמַן הַזֶּה

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-heche-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu ve-higi-a-nu laz-man ha-zeh.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Ruler of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this season.

Chanukah 2021

At present, all aged 16 and older must be double vaccinated to attend on campus events and services.

  • Sunday 28 November | Teen Torah Tag Team evening BBQ in the Courtyard. Parents welcome too!  5:00pm and concluding with Candle Lighting. RSVP to Rabbi Nicole. 
  • Thursday 2 December | Year 7 Doughnuts After Class - for students and parents!  5:45pm and concluding with Candle Lighting. RSVP to Rabbi Nicole
  • Friday 3 December | Channukah Groove Service - 6:30pm in the Sanctuary and on Livestream with the Rabbis, Aaron Robuck and the NSTE Choir, followed by kiddush and doughnuts.  Covid restrictions do not permit us to have everyone light their own channukiah, but we will light one as a community during the service.  Because of Covid capacity limits, advance registration is required by clicking the button below. 

Register for Channukah Groove Service

  • Sunday 5 December | Meah Family Picnic - Parents welcome too!  11:00am on the NSTE lawn.  RSVP to Rabbi Misha. ​​​
  • Sunday 5 December | Party with the NSTE Parents Group and kids under 8 - 12:30pm, NSTE. RSVP to parentsgroup@nste.org.au.
  • Sunday 5 December | Phosphorescence! Monthly Discussion and Candle Lighting-  7:00pm on Zoom, all are welcome. Please bring along (to screen) your channukiah (menorah) so we can light candles together for the final - and most glowing - night of Channukah! RSVP to Rabbi Nicole.
Sat, 1 October 2022 6 Tishrei 5783