Hi again!

I used to be a live journaler years ago, probably 15 years ago. Gosh, that sounds like a long time ago when I think about it.

I used to make my LiveJournal fancy with all kinds of premade HTML codes that I found online and took pictures of random things at my university.

Thanks to my friend Montsi and the blog at work I am starting to feel inspired to get back out into the world of blogging and share a little piece of myself. Or maybe just for me to look back and remember the past.

Right now I’m 30 weeks pregnant and I feel so big. I actually haven’t felt so pregnant until now and my hips are reminding me.

I do find that walking more regularly and longer is helping this pain.

Google said that 80% of pregnant women suffer from back pain at some point, so I suppose it is natural…

Until next time..

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Hanukkah

Today we are on day 6 of day of Hanukkah. I’ve really enjoyed celebrating and learning about this Jewish holiday. This is my first time celebrating. I’ve experienced a few miracles too…I’m so thankful.

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Hanukkah History:

After the Jewish people over came the Greeks and regained access to the Holy Temple, they only had enough oil to light menorah for 1 day, 8 more days were needed to make new oil. Each morning when they woke, there was more oil, day by day, until they created new oil….oil was there to burn the menorah. and this is the miracle of Hanukkah.

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This holiday is about miracles! It’s about light. We all can be light in this world, and we should light the way for others. By acting and doing kind things. Everyday our Universe is lit by G-d because that’s what He does! The most loveliest creator of all that is. ❤

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Hanukkah lasts 8 days. Each night we are suppose to light a candle and place it on something called a Hanukkiah or Menorah as the Torah instructs. As the days pass we light the previous candle and the next until we reach 8 candles. These represent the 8 days of miracles the Jewish people experienced long ago. Before lighting the candles we are suppose to read a blessing to G-d. There are three, and the first one is only for the first night of Hanukkiah and the last two are for all nights.
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The Blessings Are:

Recited only on the first night (or the first time lighting this Chanukah):

1. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech ha-olam a-sher ki-de-sha-nu be-mitz-vo-tav ve-tzi-va-nu le-had-lik ner Cha-nu-kah.

2. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-a-sa ni-sim la-avo-te-nu ba-ya-mim ha-hem bi-zman ha-zeh.

3. Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-he-nu Me-lech Ha-olam she-heche-ya-nu ve-ki-yi-ma-nu ve-higi-a-nu liz-man ha-zeh.

Translation:

1. Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Chanukah light.

2. Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time.

3. Blessed are You, Lord our G-d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.

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During Hanukkah we are suppose to eat special foods. Mostly things that are cooked in oil, to represent the oil from the Holy Temple. This year I was lucky to eat Sufganiyah(powered sugar donuts filled with jelly.) Below is a picture of something called Latkes or potato pancake. Usually they have flour, but I found an alternative for Oren since he is gluten free and used chia seed. It worked really well and super tasty. You can put Ketchup or sour cream on top. Yum!

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Hanukkah is so fun! I really have truly enjoyed this experience and am forever grateful. Tonight we went to the Synagogue. This is my second time going to the Synagogue and it was so beautiful to hear people singing about G-d in Hebrew. I tried to read a long, but I think I need some more practice! I’ll get ready for next time.

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It’s also common to give each other small gifts. Although this holiday is near Christmas, it is not at all related nor an alternative. The Jewish people overcame great struggle and were able to rise again. Everyone can learn from this story. I suggest if this resonates or touches you, do some research! You may be very inspired.

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Blessings and Love to Everyone Everywhere…….

And to the Highest, The King of the Universe….I love you!

Katie   www.ktsierra.com