Hanukkah Night 5
On this night, we now light 5 candles on our Hanukkah Menorah. Once again first the Shamash (center) candle is lit, and operates as the servant candle to light the other 5 candles. The candles are then lit from the farthest right to the left (just like the Hebrew language is read from right to left). 5 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 5: Numbers 7:36-7:47
On this night of Hanukkah, we’ve decided to focus upon one of the central symbols associated with this feast, the Menorah! In Exodus 25:31-37 we’re told “And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same. And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick. And in the candlestick shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers. And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick.Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold. And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it.”
The term Menorah in Hebrew is written מְנוֹרָה it is translated as “lamp stand”, yet when breaking it down, the mem prefix = origin, from, or out of, this is attached to the root “niyr” meaning lamp, but its also a close cognate of the term meaning “to break up, freshly plough, or till”, and finally the Hey suffix on the end infers to be fruitful. So the Menorah now comes to infer that its the origin, or the source of the light of Yahweh in the earth, and if we’ll till it (connecting us to ploughing/tilling the Torah/Word), then we too can be fruitful and produce the fruit of His light! It’s no accident that upon the Menorah were 22 bowls, corresponding to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, the language of Yahweh that enables us to till the Torah and shine His light and produce His fruit!
We can now begin to understand the significance of this light burning continually!
It is also interesting to note that when commanded to “light the menorah” in Numbers 8:2 the Hebrew word used to translate as “light/lightest” is actually the term ‘alah which means to arise, ascend, to walk up steps, to climb. It is the same roots as the term “olah”, the burnt offering that ascends. In other words, if we desire to follow the example set by our Messiah Yeshua, the “light of the world”, and keep his instructions (Matthew 5:14 – “Ye are the light of the world…”), then we must be first willing to offer up ourselves as a living sacrifice. It is only through this that we are ever able to light the Menorah in the world!
Loukoumades (Fried honey puffs) – a favorite recipe among Sephardic Jews from the Mediterranean region
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1/2 cup warm milk
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1/3 cup butter, softened
4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup water
4 cups vegetable oil
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water in a small bowl. The water should be no more than 100 degrees F (40 degrees C). Let stand for 5 minutes until the yeast softens and begins to form a creamy foam. In a large bowl, mix the warm milk, sugar, and salt, and mix to dissolve. Pour the yeast mixture into the milk mixture, and stir to combine.
- Beat in the butter, eggs, and flour until the mixture forms a smooth, soft dough. Cover the bowl, and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 30 minutes. Stir the dough well, cover, and let rise 30 more minutes.
- Mix honey and 1/2 cup of water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Turn off the heat and let the honey syrup cool.
- Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Oil should be about 2 inches deep.
- Place a large table or soup spoon in a glass of water near the batter. Scoop up about 2 tablespoons of dough per puff with the wet spoon, drop it into the wet palm of your hand, and roll it back into the spoon to create a round shape. Do not overhandle the puffy, soft dough. Drop the dough balls into the hot oil in batches, wetting the spoon each time you make a dough ball. Fry in the hot oil until golden brown on the bottom, and roll them over to cook the other side, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Gently set the loukoumades aside to drain on paper towels.
- Place the loukoumades on a baking sheet, drizzle them with honey syrup, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve warm
Hanukkah Song/Music Video:
Enjoy this video by Aish.com – Rock of Ages!