Hannukah has been nonstop going in our house and tonight…night 5 is no different. Above was an incredible site by constitution plaza we found, while visiting the liberty bell here in Philadelphia and we needed a family picture there. Well, I have to get back to the heated games of dreidel we have going here in our house <3
Chag Hannukah Sameach!!!
My family’s first night of Hannukah was a rousing success and so much fun for all six of us. My daughters both said “BEST DAY EVER!” and my sons can’t wait for more Hanukah celebrations to come in the next 7 nights. We have a Hannukah room set up in our house that’s decked out with the main table, banners all over, and games. Oh, and speaking of games, my wife is a Dreidel hustler, she only got Shin 1 time the whole game and cleaned us all out. The game of Dreidel was so loud I thought the cops were going to be called lol
So many fried cheese bits and latkes were eaten and sufganiyot had to be saved for tomorrow night’s festivities because everyone ate so much tonight. This first night, the kids each got large themed popits, a dinosaur, among us, and unicorns, my wife got a box of metal puzzles and I got an authentic Swiss army knife.
Our Mensch on a bench “Moshe,” can be seen just chillin’ in the picture, keeping the electric Hannukiah going (We had to blow out the real one after.
And Sam (my wife) and I both got Yair Immanuel artisan Dreidels to commemorate our first Hannukah and they are beautiful moments of this beautiful festival of lights. I got to teach my kids the meaning and history of Hannukah and let them know about the Maccabees and the miracle of the lamp’s oil. I added, “Just as the night way back when we lit the candle the first night to tell Hashem we see him and are thankful, he lights the rest (metaphorically) to say he sees us too.”
Hannukah is mere days away and we’re excited beyond words to celebrate our first of many. My whole family has been studying the history and meaning behind every bit of the holiday and my four kids are bursting to light the hanukiah. We’re even translating our old tradition of making sugar cookies and instead of cutting them into trees and snowmen shapes, have cookie cutters to make Magan David stars and menorahs. We have a beautiful traditional hanukiah and an electric one we can leave on the whole 8 nights and of course, we have a mensch on a bench overseeing everything 🙂
We are also excited beyond words to see Nissim Black on December 9th and meet up with him after the show (VIP passes). NB is a huge inspiration to us as fellow converts who are wholly devoted to Judaism and the Jewish people.
I will have copious pictures of our Hannukah celebrations over the eight days and will share them here with all of you.
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Hannukah is fast approaching on November 28th, and it’s holiday after holiday back to back (thanksgiving, Shabbat, Hannukah) and we’re soooooo ready to celebrate the miracle of lights. We know it’s a minor holiday in Judaism, but our house is decorated and gifts are gotten, dreidels and gelt are ready and as a Jew in the diaspora with kids, it’s our slightly inflated winter festivities so that they don’t feel left out. This will be our first Hannukah celebration as well, so we’re “doing it big,” and making it one to remember.
Also, something huge happened, something that my wife and I are so extremely excited about… our favorite Jewish rapper Nissim Black is going on tour, the bright lights tour that coincides with the last day of hannukah. My wife and I got VIP tickets to his December 9th tour date here in Philadelphia, and will get a signed poster, a picture with him, and to meet him. This will honestly be my wife and my first full big date (without our four kids) and we’ve been together since 2009, and it’s going to be an amazing night, plus we’re going to go out to dinner afterward.
Meeting Nissim Black is huge for me personally, his music has been a source of inspiration through my Jewish journey and he had a past similar to mine and wound up at the same point as me. Nissim Black gave me the ability to listen to good hip hop again, without sacrificing my Jewish values and morals. This will be my wife Sam’s second concert ever, and her first was new kids on the block in London at age 11, so it’s been a long time coming and makes this even more special.
So, if you’re a fan of my music, my art, or my writings/books and want to meet me at the concert, I’d be more than happy, don’t be shy…the video announcement for the tour is below, get your tickets ASAP they will sell out fast!