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Rabbi Norman M. Cohen Bet Shalom Congregation, Minneapolis, MN
What more appropriate holiday for magic
tricks than Hanukkah ? the holiday that is based on the famous
legend of the cruse of oil meant to burn just one day, lasting
for not two, not three, but eight entire days ? which is among
the most magical events in the life of the Jewish people. The
same people who brought you the entertaining and educational magic
that adds another dimension to our Passover seders now give us
the opportunity to add more Hanukkah magic and delight, meant
to excite our families about Jewish celebration. These magic tricks
are meant to enhance your family?s celebration and lead to more
questions and more learning about the practices of Jews in America
Rabbi Danny Zemel Temple Michah, Washington, DC
Hanukkah is a holiday filled with awe and
mystery. We see it in the faces of children as they are told the
story of the miracle of the little jar of oil that miraculously
burned for eight days. As adults, we remember our own amazement
at hearing the wonders that God wrought when told the Hanukkah
story. One needs only to look at the beauty of the burning Hanukkiah
to know there is magic in those lights. Now with the Hanukkah-dabra
magic kit, you can add your own contemporary magical ?flare? to
the candles as they glow and the beautiful holiday experience
is dramatically renewed.
The magic tricks in the Hanukkah-dabra
kit were assembled by the Mt. Zion Temple Youth Group (St. Paul,
MN) under the supervision of Rabbi Adam Spilker.
Put the ?Ah? Back in Hanukkah
8 magic tricks! Read below for details on each
Latke Gets the Grease
is a great trick to do when you serve latkes for
that Hanukkah dinner. As you are about to try your
first bite, let everyone know that you have been
having problems with your recipe. Explain that it
seems, that your lotkes ?squeak? when you touch
them with your finger. Sure enough, when you touch
your potato pancake, it lets out a little squeak.
But nobody else can get their lotkes to squeak.
No skill required just an appetite.
Well That Ends Well
trick uses a little brown jug that is filled with
oil (actually water). The magician empties out the
jug by turning it upside down. They set the jug
on the table next to the menorah. They light one
candle...then ?surprise? the empty jug is full of
oil again. You empty it out again, set it down and
when you go back to it, the jug is full of oil again.
You repeat this trick eight times between candle
lightings. It?s mind boggling and so easy to do.
you take a candle from your menorah, and put it
inside the candle box. Then instantly, the candle
is broken into three parts. As soon as you say Hanukkah-dabra,
you make the candle come back together again. The
candle can be inspected before, during and after
the trick. It?s unbelievable! And requires no skill
trick features the Star of David. Instruct your
spectator to secretly place a multi-colored ?star?
block into a plastic box. Cover the box with a lid.
With the power of magic, you determine which color
star appears face up in the box. It?s easy to do!
And you can repeat it for every night if you want.
This trick is easy to do and fun to perform.
of Your Business
explaining what the letters mean on a dreidl, pull
out this colorful trick. Show the letter ?gimmel?
and explain what it means. Instantly it turns into
a ?hay?l when you give the dreidl card spin. Then
say ?Hanukkah-dabra?, and the ?hay? turns back to
?gimmel?. Everyone thinks they know how you do the
trick, only to be wrong and totally surprised. Although
your friends may think differently, there is no
and Restored Temple
the spectator a card with a picture of the ark curtain
that was destroyed inside The Temple. They rip it
into four parts and keep one for in their hand.
They put the remaining three parts back inside ?The
Temple Case.? The door to the case is closed and
as soon as you say Hanukkah-dabra, and open the
door, the picture card is restored.
plays an important role in Judaism. Especially during
Hanukkah when we exchange gifts. Fill the treasure
box with Tzedakah each night of Hanukkah. The Tzedakah
remains very safe inside this clever little box.
Because, no one, unless they know the secret can
get the Tzedakah out. Only the magician can open
that Hanukkah is the festival of lights. To see
if you?re ready to light the menorah, you need to
check the candles. Hold a light bulb in your hand,
touch an unlit candle to the bulb, and the bulb
begins to light up! The light turns on and off in
your hand every time you touch a candle to it. And
it only works for you. Watch with a smile when everyone
wants to try their hand at the Eternal Light bulb.
You?ll learn this effect in a flash.