Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hanukkah Dinner At The Stirling Club Las Vegas

MenorahThere are several ancient stories that have been tied to Hanukkah, but most celebrate the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem (Second Temple) after its desecration by the King of Syria. He had outlawed Jewish religious rites and traditions.

Later, the Maccabees successfully rebelled and Jerusalem was freed. The Temple was purified and the wicks of the menorah miraculously burned for eight days, even though there was only enough sacred oil for one day's lighting. An eight-day festival was declared by the Jewish sages to commemorate this miracle.

It has become a beautiful holiday, rich with tradition and celebrated by a series of rituals that are performed every day throughout the eight-day holiday. Some are family-based and others communal. There are also special additions to the daily prayer service, and a section is added to the blessing after meals but it is not a "Sabbath-like" holiday.

Hanukkah Dinner At The Stirling Club.

On Thursday, Dec. 2, the Stirling Club will be featuring a special Hanukkah menu (and regular dining menu). The menu is prepared by the Charlie Palmer executive chef team.

It includes a first course consisting of matzoh ball soup and petit diced vegetables or a mixed greens salad with a balsamic vinaigrette. The main course will include your choice of a roast beef brisket with truffle steak fries or roast chicken with potato puree. And dessert will feature honey cake with a clear caramel sauce.

Reservations may be made by calling 702-732-9700 and the menu will be served a la carte. A special menu insert will also be available during the holiday. And members joining The Stirling Club on Thursday, Dec. 2 may take part in a special menorah lighting. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m.

The Menorah Lighting At The Stirling Club.

The menorah is described in the Bible as the seven-branched candelabrum made of gold. It was lit in the portable sanctuary set up by Moses and later in the Temple in Jerusalem. Fresh olive oil of the purest quality was burned daily to light its lamps.

Traditionally, Hanukkah lights should burn for at least one-half hour after it gets dark. The lamps of the menorah were usually lit daily from fresh, consecrated olive oil and burned from evening until morning. Many menorahs have nine candles, distinguishing them from those lit in the temple.

We would also like to take a moment to wish all of our members a happy Thanksgiving tomorrow. We are grateful to have you.
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