Well, yesterday was the last full day of Hanukkah. I hope all of my Jewish friends and family had a lovely holiday!
A few interesting Hanukkah facts to leave you with:
- Due to the differences in the Jewish vs Gregorian calendar, in the year 3031 there will be no Hanukkah! However, in the year 3032, there will be two - one in January and the other in December.
- The custom of Hanukkah gelt originated in 17th century Eastern Europe when children used to give real coins to their teachers and to the poor.
- A different dreidel is used in Israel than in other countries. In Israel the four sides read nun, gimmel, hay, and peh, whose letters mean "A great miracle happened here". Everywhere else the fourth letter is shin, which translates to "A great miracle happened there"
(Facts taken from the The Best of A Little Joy, A Little Oy 2010 Calendar)