Lighting the Candles Night 2

On this night, we now light 2 candles on our Hanukkah Menorah.  Once again first the Shamash (center) candle is lit, and operates as the servant candle to light the other 2 candles.  The candles are then lit from the farthest right to the left (just like the Hebrew language is read from right to left).  2 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 2:  Numbers 7:18-7:29

Hanukkah History:

Hanukkah commemorates the Maccabbean revolt during the rule of Antiochus Ephiphanes in 165 BCE.  Antiochus had started by persecuting the Jews and attempting to eradicate anything that was connected to Torah or Yahweh.  Keeping the Sabbath, eating kosher, circumcision, speaking Hebrew, and reading Torah were all seen as breaking the law.  Eventually, Antiochus reached the pinnacle of his attempt to defile Yahweh’s order by desecrating the Holy Temple, slaughtering a pig upon the altar, and declaring himself god.  Not only  a shocking event, but a powerful foreshadowing of the event that would launch the Great Tribulation as well, when the Antimessiah will follow in these same footsteps and once again defile the altar of Yahweh and declare himself god.  The altar represents Yahweh’s ownership in the earth, as well as the means by which we communicate with Him!

The faithful Hebrews, under the leadership of the brave Judah Maccabee (the “Hammer”) fought against this perverse rule and with the help of Yahweh ran the Syrian-Greeks out of Israel.  The Temple was liberated and then began the re-dedication of the Holy Sanctuary.  This re-dedication would have taken place on the 25th of Kislev, the 9th month on the Hebrew calendar.  Tradition tells of another miracle during this time, when the Menorah was lit, there was only enough oil found to last for one day.   A dilemma seeing as the pure olive oil needed took 8 days to prepare.  It was lit in faith, and miraculously the oil lasted for the 8 days till more could be made, and the light of Yahweh continued to shine.  So today as we celebrate this Feast, we remember that no matter how dark the days may be, the light still shines and as we prepare to face this future Antiochus, the antimessiah, we know that once again there will be those who won’t bow their knee, but instead proclaim Yahweh as the only true Elohim, and its this temple, the temple of His body of believers, that won’t be desecrated!

Hanukkah Recipe:

Sufganiot (Jelly Filled Doughnuts)

1 1/4 cups slightly warm water or 1 1/4 cups slightly warm milk
1 tablespoon yeast
6 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup canola oil
2 egg yolks
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
3 1/2-4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (or half all-purpose and half bread flour)
fine sugar (for coating donuts) or sugar (for coating donuts)
1 1/2 cups raspberry jelly (optional) or 1 1/2 cups raspberry jam (optional) or 1 1/2 cups apricot jam (optional) or 1 1/2 cups apricot jam (optional)
oil
shortening (three parts oil and one part melted shortening for frying, to fill up a good two-thirds of fryer)Directions:1
Whisk together the yeast, water and sugar, salt, oil, egg yolks, egg, vanilla and lemon extract.
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Blend well and stir in most of the flour to form a soft dough.
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Knead by hand, machine or in bread machine (dough setting), adding flour as needed.
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The dough should have some body, not too slack, supple, smooth and elastic.
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Place in a greased plastic bag and refrigerate at least 2 to 4 hours or overnight.
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If you are in a hurry, allow dough to rest at least 20 minutes, then proceed.
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If dough has risen at all, punch or flatten down, then pinch off pieces and form into small balls, about the size of golf balls.
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Otherwise, roll dough out to about three-quarters of an inch.
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Using a two and half inch or three inch biscuit cutter, cut out rounds.
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Cover and let sit 15 minutes while heating oil.
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In a deep fryer, or heavy dutch oven, heat about four inches of oil or a combination of oil and melted shortening.
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Add the doughnuts to the hot oil (temperature should be about 375 F.) and fry until the undersides are deep brown.
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Turn over once and finish frying the other side.
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Lift doughnuts out using a slotted spoon and drain well on paper towels.
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To fill, make a small opening and spoon in jam or jelly, or just sprinkle lightly with regular or extra fine granulated sugar by shaking doughnuts in a paper bag.
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Test oil temperature: It’s a good idea to try frying one doughnut to start with.
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Once the doughnut seems done, take it out and cut it open to see if the inside is cooked.Read more: <a href=”http://www.food.com/recipe/sufganiot-hanukkah-jelly-doughnuts-15188?oc=linkback”>http://www.food.com/recipe/sufganiot-hanukkah-jelly-doughnuts-15188?oc=linkback</a>

Hanukkah Music/Video:

Check out this song “Miracles” by the Maccabeats!