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iw p, 9, r,, A magazine for Jewish children A Special VOL. i, NO. 4 Tampa/Orlando, Florida DECEMBER, 197S / KISLEV, 5739 What is this word ? Some Chanukah Facts That May Surprise You ! S NEEDED ! riddle with a Jewish twist? Lo draw a chicken by making a fist? al facts or a Jewish tale? lonth picture just can't fail. raake us laugh or draw a cartoon? mail it soon! is the paper that's just for you! In lots, not just a few! t Ylw riddles, jokes, stories and art to: NOAH'S ARK P.O. Box 446 Aitamonte Sprinss, FL 32701 becomes the property of NOAH'S regret that we cannot return any draw. we receive by mail. Art work should by black felt.tipped pen on white paper. to include your name, address, zip code adline For February Issue January 1, 1979 People know a lot about Chanukah, but there is a lot they may not know! Here's your opportunity to learn some surprising facts! oil Just to remind you, here is the Chanukah story: Judah the Maccabee lead the Jews in a long and difficult battle against the wicked King Anti- ochus and his armies. The King wanted Jews to give up their belief in God and would not allow them to study the Torah. He also turned the Holy Temple into a place of worship for his gods instead of the God of the Jews. WHY DO WE LIGHT WHY IS CHANUKAH CANDLES? The miracle of ALWAYS CELEBRATED There are a lot of stories the oil is the popular answer, AT A DIFFERENT TIME? about Chanukah. Some of but there are more! First of Sometimes Chanukah is cele- the stories are true and some all, the ancient writer hrated in the beginning of are probably legends. A Josephus said that Chanukah December and other times it legend is a story that seems was the festival of lights be- begins late in December. to be true even though it is cause the right to serve God That's because we don't use made up. came to the people by sur- the English calendar. We use prise, like a sudden light. The the Hebrew calendar. The WHY DO WE CELE- Jews had been following the Hebrew date to begin Chanu- BRATE EIGHT DAYS? The orders of King Antiochus kah is the 25th day of the first reason is the most until, oneday, almost by sur- Hebrew month of Kislev. famous. After the Jews won prise, they realized that they Why do we celebrate on that the war and cleaned up the could fight back on behalf of day? You probably think Temple, they wanted to dedi- God. Why do we light eight that's when the Jews won the care it to God again. They candles? The menorah which war, right? Wrong. That is wanted to light the menorah was used in the Temple had actually the date that King /q but they only had enough oil seven lights and the people Antiochus' soldicrs first to last one day. "A great didn't want to copy the made the Holy Temple miracle happened there" and Temple menorah. They unclean. Judah the Maccabee the oil lasted eight days. thought that might be break- wanted Jews to remember e ' H re s another answer: dur- ing the rules. So they made when the problem began, not ing the war, the Jews had no up a menorah with space for just how it was solved. The time to stop the battles to eight candles, plus an extra first Chanukah celebration celebrate Sukkot. They could one for lighting the others, was held two thousand and not go to the ttoly Temple the shamash candle, five hundred years ago! and.. wave their lulavs like (More facts on Page 2) they were commanded to do WHY DO WE PLAY in the Bible. When they cap- DREIDEL? One of the rules I tured the Temple, one of the Antiochus made was that the ,. first things they wanted to JewscouldnotstudyTorah.   do was celebrate Sukkot. Jews weren t willing to fol- Even though it was winter low that rule but they were time, they brought their afraid of the Kings soldiers. iulavs into the Temple and The legend is that they -ndle. marched around as if it was studied in secret. If a soldier Sukkot. The holiday of came near, they pulled out a Sukkot lasts eight days and small spinning top and said -submitted by Rena Mare some peol)le called Chanukah they weren't studying, just age 7 "the second Sukkot." playing. Houston, Texas to NOAH'S ARK- our ' to all our little readers and their families. We would like You to NOAH'S ARK. our new monthly addition to Chanukah Gift to Young Florldians Chanukah?," "Why don't we celebrate Christmas?," or "Why is this night different from all other nights?" is a special news magazine for children. It includes aad puzzles about Jewish life to keep you entertained and questions like "Why do we celebrate eight days of NOAH'S ARK began in Houston, Texas, four months ago. If you have some good ideas or drawings, please send them to us at P.O. Box 446, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. Be sure you use a black felt-tipped pen on white paper. The deadline for our February issue is Ian. 1.