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How to celebrate Hanukkah 2021

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What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. To celebrate reclaiming the temple, they lit its lamp, but found they only had enough oil to keep it alight for a day. However, miraculously, the lamp stays lit for eight days.

This is why Hanukkah is observed by lighting a menorah – a candlestick with nine branches. By the end of the holiday, the menorah is fully aflame. At each lighting blessings are made before, and songs sung afterwards. Sometimes gifts can be exchanged.

When is Hanukkah 2021?

Hanukkah is an eight-day festival that traditionally kicks off on the 25th day of the month of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar. This year, that falls on Sunday 28 November. It runs until Monday 6 December.

How is Hanukkah celebrated?

Some Jewish people choose to celebrate Hanukkah in a similar way to Christmas, by giving gifts and sharing meals with friends and family.

Because oil for the menorah plays such an important role in the festival, many Hanukkah foods are deep fried in oil. Favourites include latkes and jelly doughnuts.

After lighting the candle each evening it is customary to spin a dreidel, a four-sided spinning top played with by children. Children are also given Hanukkah gelt, which is chocolate money.

 

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The Best Hanukkah Movies To Watch

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A good Hanukkah film may not even take place during Hanukkah, but it may capture the Jewish experience perfectly, or it may just be a really great movie with fleeting Hanukkah references. Blessing CALD has listed a list of the best movies to watch for Hanukkah.

 

The Night Before

In a lot of holiday films that feature Hanukkah, it is merely as a foil to Christmas. And while this is definitively a Christmas film, there is a hilarious scene of Seth Rogan’s character freaking out in a church during a Christmas service while drunk and high. For any Jewish people who have felt uncomfortable in a Christmas-centric world, there is bound to be at least something for you in this film. 

 

Switchmas

The film explores both how Ira feels being separated from his family during one of the most exciting times of year and how his love for a Christian holiday fits into his family dynamic. On top of these timely holidays, themes are a fair number of “Parent Trap” style shenanigans that make “Switchmas” a fun, feel-good showcase of what color the grass is on the other side.

 

Hanukkah

“Hanukkah” is a low-budget horror entry and indeed suffers from various pitfalls and tropes. However, it is also one of the very few Jewish horror films in existence. More specifically, it’s probably the first Hanukkah horror film, making it a notable entry in the horror genre. “Hanukkah” is worth checking out for any fans of Hanukkah or horror flicks.

 

Little Fockers

In “Little Fockers,” a Jewish family and a Christian family unite to celebrate “Christmakah” as they come to terms with the fact that they are all in-laws. Inevitably, hijinks ensue. One notable joke involves main character Greg Focker’s parents surprising his father-in-law with the news that he is one twenty-third Israelite.

 

 

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5 tips for high-performance productivity

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1  Start by gaining energy

High-performance productivity is fuelled by positive energy. So make sure some form of exercise is in your weekly routine. Doesn’t need to be every day but certainly every other for any genuine effect. Energy building activities will ensure that you’re priming for your best day.

 

2  Establish a routine

Rise at about 6 am every day, regardless of how late have worked the day before. These activities set up for the day; they are the foundations of a successful day. Coffee and food essential and it means you can focus on the tasks ahead of you.

 

3  Start with challenging tasks first

The most positive way to start my day is to tackle anything significant straight off the bat. I’ve always found that if you put tricky conversations off, concentrating on other tasks is made near impossible.

 

4  Learn to say no

The biggest high-performance productivity drain of all time is superfluous meetings, calls and emails. Avoid having meetings for meeting’s sake. Saying ‘no’ is essential to establish boundaries with your time, and shows respect to other resources too.

 

5  Poor Sleep = Poor Performance 

Sleeping well is the (not so) secret sauce to having an extremely productive life. For those who struggle with sleep, there are fantastic resources and guides to help you to change. Napping has also been proven to help with cognitive repair something we can all agree we’d like to achieve.

 

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5 tips to eat healthy when eating out

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Eating out is both fun and sociable. However, studies have linked dining out with overeating and poor food choices. This article lists 10 clever tips to help you eat healthy when eating out. These will help you stick to your health goals without having to give up your social life.

 

1  Check How Food is Cooked and Prepared

The way food is cooked can have a significant impact on the amount of calories it contains. Look for food that has been steamed, grilled, roasted or poached. In general, these cooking methods equate to less fat and therefore fewer calories. Foods that are described on the menu as pan-fried, fried, crispy, crunchy or sautéed will usually contain more fat and more calories.

 

2  Ask to Make A Healthy Swap

Most people aren’t eating enough vegetables. Vegetables are great, since they contain very few calories, but lots of healthy fiber and nutrients. For example, broccoli and spinach are extremely low in calories, but high in fiber, vitamin C and all sorts of beneficial plant compounds. Increasing vegetable intake has also been linked to a reduced risk of many diseases including cancer, obesity and depression. When you order your meal, ask the server to swap part of your meal, such as fries or potatoes, for extra vegetables or a salad. You’ll boost your vegetable intake and cut your calories.

 

3  Order Your Meal Before Everyone Else

Other people can influence our decisions without us really noticing. In social situations, people tend to mimic each other subconsciously, and dining out is no exception. People’s menu choices and eating behaviors can be highly influenced by the choices of other people at the table. If you’re eating with a group that is likely to order something that doesn’t fit into your healthy eating plan, make sure you order first.

 

4  Order Two Appetizers Instead of a Main

   

Studies show that people are more likely to overeat when they’re served bigger portions. If you are going to a restaurant where you know the portions are huge, try ordering two appetizers instead of a main course. This can help you fill up without going overboard with the calories.

 

5  Slow Down and Chew Thoroughly

Chewing your food thoroughly and eating slower could help you eat less. It can also make you feel full more quickly. When you’re eating, try counting a minimum number of chews per mouthful to stop yourself from eating too quickly. Putting your utensils down between mouthfuls is also a good way to slow down and give your satiety signals some time to kick in.

 

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