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All About Hanukkah

Dec 14, 2016

This year, the Jewish holiday Hanukkah begins at Sunset, December 24th 2016 to nightfall, January 1st 2017. Since Hanukkah is based on the Jewish lunar calendar, it always starts on the 25th day of Kislev. This holiday is also known as the Festival of Lights. It continues for eight days with a candle being lit each night.

The Story

Hanukkah, which is Hebrew for dedication, honors the victory of the Jews over the Greek Syrians in 165 BC. After their victory, the Maccabees, sons of the family that led the revolt, entered the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and dedicated it to the service of God. After the Temple was re-dedicated, the time came to light the N'er Tamid, the Eternal Light of the temple. The Jews could find only one jar of oil, marked with the seal of the High Priest, which was only enough to last one evening. Miraculously, the oil kept the lights burning for the entire eight nights it took to get new oil.

Potato Latkes are a traditional celebration foodPotato Latkes are a traditional celebration foodCourtesy of The Seasonal Gourmet

Light the Menorah

The menorah, or Hanukiyah, holds nine candles. Eight candles represent the eight days of Hanukkah, and the ninth, the Shamash, is used to light the other candles. The candles are lit from left to right, with one candle for each day of the festival, so that as every day passes, the menorah becomes brighter and brighter.

Lighting the MenorahLighting the Menorah

How to Celebrate

  • After lighting the menorah, families gather for dinner. They eat traditional Hanukkah foods, like latkes and applesauce.
  • Children receive a gift for each night of Hanukkah.
  • It's a tradition for children to play the dreidel game during Hanukkah.

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What's Your Fave Hanukkah Song?

  • I Have a Little Dreidel.
  • The Hanukkah Song by Adam Sandler.
  • Come Light the Menorah.

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