Friday, December 8, 2017

Menorahs and Maccabees

We had menorahs on our minds this week.
Morah Katie: Why do we celebrate Chanukah with menorahs?
Moshe: Candles.
Rowen: Soldiers said no Torah no Shabbat. Kids spinned dreidels. Light the menorahs and Shabbat!
Moshe: The Oil.
Morah Katie: Yes. We light candles in menorahs to remember the Maccabees and the miracle of the oil that lasted for 8 nights.
Matan: The Maccabees stood up for what was right.
Morah Katie: I agree.
Morah Tzivie brought a special menorah to share.
This menorah uses oil.
Morah Tzivie: Fire needs food to keep going.  Oil can be food for fire.
What happens when the oil, or wax for a candle, is gone?
Lochlan: The fire is all gone.
Morah Tzivie: But what happened to the oil in the menorah at the Beit HaMikdash (Holy Temple)?
Maya: It kept for 8 days.
Morah Tzivie: A miracle happened. 
We are going to try an experiment. I am going to light this cup of oil in the menorah. I will place it on a shelf. We will watch to see if it burns down, or if it lasts.
We kept track of the oil.
The oil was out mid lunch, no miracle occurred.
We read a book about how olive oil is made.  It is quite a process of collecting the olives. Then smashing, pressing and squeezing the olives to get the oil- the oil from first press was used in the Beit HaMikdash.
We decided to try some olive pressing of our own.
Morah Katie: Would you want to be an olive farmer?
Evan: I like smashing olives, I like eating olives.
Lochlan: It would be hard work.
Morah Jillian: Are you getting a lot of oil from your olive?
Emily: No.
Morah Jillian: What did they use oil for? 
Aura: The menorah.
Morah Katie: How many olives did you smash? 
Everyone: One.
Morah Katie: Did that one olive create a lot of oil?
Everyone: No.
Morah Katie: How many olives do you think it would take to make enough oil to light the menorah in the Holy Temple?
Colette: 6100.
Morah Katie: Tell me again, what was the great miracle that happened? 
Moshe: The oil.
Colette: It lasted. 

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