November 2008 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
December 2008 Theme
Craftsman and Scientist
THEME RELATED STUFF
holiday dates back 2200 years. Jews lived in Palestine, then occupied by the
Syrians. Antiochus was the king of Syria. He wanted the Jews to accept the
religion of the Greeks. Some did and some did not. Those that did not formed a
band of loyal Jews. They were named the Maccabees. Mattahhis was their father,
and Judah Maccabbee was their leader. After three years, the band captured
Jerusalem, cleaned and repaired the Holy Temple.
They found a small cruse of oil to light the eternal light. However, there was
only enough for one day and they sent for more oil. The small amount of oil
lasted for eight days instead of one, until more oil was secured. This was
considered the miracle, although the victory of the small ban over the Syrian
Army was also considered a miracle.
Hanukkah is celebrated the 25th day of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar. It falls
somewhere between Thanksgiving and New Years each year.
homes, people decorate with paper products. They light candles each day. They
start with one candle and the "shammus" which lights the other candles, and add
one candle each night. They sing songs, eat potato pancakes and Hanukkah
cookies. Also they exchange Hanukkah gifts and Hanukkah "gelt" (small amounts
of money). They play games with the "dreidle" or top.
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