Hanukkah Night 4
On this night, we now light 4 candles on our Hanukkah Menorah. Once again first the Shamash (center) candle is lit, and operates as the servant candle to light the other 4 candles. The candles are then lit from the farthest right to the left (just like the Hebrew language is read from right to left). 4 candles in addition the Shamash candle now shine brightly!
Candle Lighting Blessing:
Barukh attah Adonai Eloheinu Melekh Ha’olam asher kideshanu bemitzvotav vetzivanu lehadlik ner shel Chanukah.
“Blessed art thou, Lord our God, King of the universe who sanctifies us with Thy commandments and commanded us to kindle the lights of Chanukah!”
Traditional Reading of Night 4: Numbers 7:30-7:41
Hanukkah Craft Projects:
The root of the term Hanukkah comes from the Hebrew word chanak (Strong’s #2596) meaning to train, dedicate, or inaugurate. It is used in the well known verse of Proverbs 22:6 – “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Using this verse and its connection to this festival, our inspiration for today deals with fulfilling this verse, training up our children! Hanukkah is a wonderful time to make lasting memories and instill within the next generation the importance of shining the light of Yahweh in the world and being dedicated and trained in His Word. Below is a link to a wonderful website with many fun craft idea projects that we think you and your children will enjoy this Hanukkah season!
Apple Fritters with Orange Glaze
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon fine salt
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 2 teaspoons grated orange zest from 1 navel orange (set aside orange to use for juice in glaze)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 Golden Delicious apples (1 pound total), peeled, cored, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
- About 3 cups vegetable oil
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar plus more for dusting
- 3 tablespoons orange juice from navel orange
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Special equipment: Deep-fat/candy thermometer
Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk eggs, then whisk in milk, melted butter, zest, and vanilla. Add wet ingredients into dry and fold until just combined (do not overmix), then fold in apples.
Heat 3/4 inch of oil in a 10- to 12-inch deep heavy skillet over medium heat until it shimmers. Drop a little batter into the oil. If it bubbles and rises to the top, the oil is ready. If it browns immediately, reduce heat. (Or use a deep-fat/candy thermometer to heat oil until it registers 375°F.) Using two tablespoons (soup spoons), drop spoonfuls of batter, each containing 2 apple slices, into oil. Working in batches of 5, cook fritters, turning over halfway through, until golden brown, center is just cooked through, and apples are tender, 3 to 4 minutes total. Transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. (Make sure oil returns to 375°F between batches.)
Whisk together 1 cup confectioners’ sugar with orange juice and vanilla until smooth.
Dust fritters with some additional confectioners’ sugar and drizzle glaze over fritters.