# Sunday, 21 December 2014

Smile Gemach Chanukah play

We haven’t done a Chanukah play for a few years, and some of the younger children have never seen it, so we decided to go thespian again. Without further ado, we proudly present, the Smile Gemach Chanukah Extravaganza...

Our story begins in the Beis Hamikdosh, where the Cohanim are offering the korbonos as usual. Here we see Cohen Godol Chana Liba, being ably assisted by Cohen Elisheva (left picture), and Cohen Godol Simcha being assisted by Cohen Chaya Devoira (right picture)...

Cohanim offering korbonos

But this peaceful life was shattered when the wicked king Antiochus Simcha ascended to the throne...

Antiochus Simcha

Looks pretty mean eh? I know he looks remarkably like Cohen Godol Simcha, but that’s because we didn’t have enough actors to go around, so we all took a few parts! More fun that way!

Anyway, Antiochus’s soldiers spread through the land, trying to prevent the Yidden from keeping mitzvos and learning Torah. They rode around on mighty elephants, and wielded sharp swords, well, sharp-looking swords (if you don’t look to closely!)...

Yevonni with elephant

That’s enough to frighten anyone!

The soldiers first tried to persuade the Yidden by being nice (left picture), but then resorted to threats when that didn’t work (right picture)...

A Yevonni soldier

When the Yidden ran away to hide in caves in the hills, the soldiers rode their elephants out to find them. Note the two mighty elephants in the next picture...

Yevonnim on patrol

We do actually have a third elephant (their names are Olly, Sholly and Bolly by the way) who is much bigger, but he didn’t make it into any of the pictures.

The Yidden hid in caves, and if any soldiers came along, pretended to be play dreidel...

Hiding in a cave

Great cave eh? She does actually have a dreidel under there, but the shirt, ahem I mean bigdei kehuno were a little large for her, so you can’t see it!.

As mentioned, when the soldiers arrived, the Yidden quickly got out their dreidels and started playing (top picture), but as soon as the soldiers had gone, they resumed their earnest Torah study (bottom picture)...

Playing dreidel and learning Torah

In the meantime, the Beis Hamikdosh had been turned over to smelly idol worship, with all sorts of forbidden animals being offered...

But the Yidden rode out in the night and whacked the mighty army, sending them packing. Serves them right for being nasty.

When they came back into the Beis Hamikdosh, they had to clean it up (done with a couple of towels, but the pictures didn’t come out very well). Then they had to search for some olive oil to light the menorah. Clever Cohen Elisheva found a flask of oil...

I found a flask!

Yes, I know the bottle is empty, but if you saw the way it was thrown around, you’d understand why we didn’t want to use a full one!

Singing Ma’oz Tzur, the Cohanim happily lit the menorah again...

Lighting the menorah

After that, they had supper and went upstairs for a bath!

Other famous Biblical stories will be ripped to pieces at other times by the Smile Gemach Thespians!

#    Comments [1] |
Monday, 26 January 2015 22:31:02 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Looks like I'm the first person commenting on the Smile Gemach Blog! I've really enjoyed reading about the Chanukah show and especially enjoyed taking part in it!!
Looking forward to future shows!
Elisheva!!
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