Jewish Journal


December 6, 2001

Happy Chanukah!


Happy Chanukah! It's time for presents, gelt, latkes and sufganiyot (doughnuts). It's also time to light candles. Here is a thought for Chanukah: a little bit of oil produced eight days of light. Today, we should think of other ways to make energy last longer. If we can conserve electricity, our power plants won't have to burn so much fuel and there be less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, making for cleaner, fresher air!

Unscramble the letters in the bulbs to find out what to do to save electricity.

Project: Discover new ways for your family to save energy and money.

  • 1. Count the number of light bulbs in your house.
  • 2. Count doors and windows -- are any open and letting cold air in?
  • 3. Find your thermostat. Lookat the temperature. Ask your parents' permission to lower it by 3 degrees.
  • 4. Ask your Mom to show you where she keeps candles.
  • 5. Turn off any electric appliance that is on but not being used -- like lights, radios and televisions.
  • 6. Help your Mom and Dad make latkes.
  • 7. Set the table with lots of candles.
  • 8. Have a candlelight dinner to save on electricity. Talk about what you found.

A Modern Chanukah Miracle

Nes Gadol Hayah Sham - "A Great Miracle Happened There." These four letters are written on the dreidel, the spinning top game we play after lighting candles. Maybe you can duplicate the Chanukah miracle by making lights last longer in your house.

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