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December 08, 1995 - Image 102

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-12-08

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6.

As the holiday draws to a close, take time
to remember that Chanukah is a time
of miracles. It's a good time, then, to con-
sider the miracles in your own life.
Are there everyday events that you take for
granted that are really miracles? Do you think any
of the following are miracles? If so, why do you
think we so rarely celebrate these, yet each year
we mark the fact that the oil lasted for eight days?
* The human body
* The way nature changes with the seasons
* Birth
* The fact that a penguin will, if necessary, sac-
rifice its own life to save its child
* Love
* Human intellect
* The taste of an orange
* That despite constant persecution, pogroms and
murderous crusades, the Jewish people contin-
ue to exist
* Chance encounters, such as when a sister sud-
denly discovers the brother from whom she had
been separated for more than 50 years
* The way a caterpillar changes into a butterfly
* That birds fly
* That people survived the Holocaust
* The way a child learns language

Have you ever heard of
Pin the Lights on the
Menorah?

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ther the Hebrew or English letters for
the word "Chanukah."
* In honor of the eight nights of
Chanukah, make your own eight cat-
egories of eight and see who can most
quickly fill them up. (You will need a
set of individual cards for each guest.)
Your eight categories might be: green
foods, Jewish symbols, movies from
the 1940s, books, names of syna-
gogues, countries, names in the Bible.
Each person would try to quickly come
up with eight things to fill each cate-
gory. For example:

All right, so you won't find it at any
toy store in town. But you can create
Chanukah games on your own, then
invite friends over to play. Here are
some more ideas to get you started.
* If you've ever played Candyland,
you know how much fun it is to meet
up with the likes of Lord Licorice and
Queen Frostine. Now, how about a
Chanukah version called Latkeland?
You can design your own board, cre-
ating fun foods along the way. (How
about Sufganiot Sally and Gefilte Fish NAMES IN THE BIBLE
Moshe
Freddy?)
David
* Pretend you're pirates on a hunt
Rivkah
for glorious gelt (also known as choco-
Rachel
late coins). Make masks and don
Sarah
boots, then go in search of the trea-
Avraham
sure (hidden by Mom or Dad). The
Adam
winner gets to eat his bounty.
Ruth
* Play "Name That Tune" with your
favorite Chanukah (and other Jew-
The first person to complete all
ish) songs.
* Design a "Twistef' board using ei- eight cards is the winner.

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