Temple Beth El constructs giant menorah with LEGOs
On Dec. 1, the first night of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, was celebrated at Temple Beth El, South Whitehall, during its annual Hanukkah party.
Stephen Schwartz, of the Building Block Workshop, Livingston, N.J., showed the children, how to construct a giant menorah with LEGOs during the annual Hanukkah party.
Construction began about 9 a.m. and two hours later the menorah was completed.
Then, the party began.
Food, in particular potato pancakes or latkes and sufganiot, the Hebrew word for doughnut, were available.
These two foods are the highlight because they are fried in oil to remind Jewish people around the world the reason for the celebration.
Hanukkah celebrates rededicating the Temple in Jerusalem after Syrians desecrated the holy.
In the year 3622, (165 B.C.) the Jews were victorious in the battle against the Syrians.
When the new altar was built, they looked for oil to light the menorah only a small amount was found.
This was lighted, but was only expected to stay lit for one day. Instead, the oil burned for eight days until more was available.
This miracle is what is celebrated by lighting candles for eight days.
Crafts, raffles, dreidels and music rounded out the afternoon.