Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.



Dec 16, 2014

This year, the Jewish holiday Hanukkah begins on December 6th and goes until sunset on December 14th. 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.

Lighting the MenorahLighting the MenorahCourtesy of standforisrael.com

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.

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

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.
Have Your Say

How do you celebrate? let us know!



latest videos


What's Your Fave Hanukkah Song?

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

related stories

Micro_adam sandler_micro
Even though it's not a traditional Chanukah (also spelled Hanukkah) song, actor and comedian Adam...
The year was about 165 BC. A group of men led by Judah the Maccabee climbed to the top of a mount...
Micro_hanukkah treats_micro
Like most Jewish holidays, Hanukkah has its own yummy food traditions and recipes. Soofganiot (je...
There are a ton of holidays to celebrate in the month of December - that's why it's known as the ...

Random in the forums

trendycute posted in Debating:
So theres this thing where it says you have to be 13 to have a phone well what if you need to call for help at school or call your mom when shes at work telling her you need something its sooo not fair in my opinion.What do you think?let me know in the comment below lol it rhymes.
reply 18 minutes
winter break is supposed to be for fun(though none of us really do anything)if I could I would report that teacher for not understanding the term winter break:)
reply 31 minutes
HappyBaker posted in General:
Baby cats ARE (;)) little bombs that explode when they touch water. Big cats are big bombs of the same kind xPWhat is a bomb?
reply about 2 hours
HappyBaker posted in General:
Thanks :P yeah I realised that xD
reply about 2 hours
hugebear posted in General:
Puppies What is the the baby cats called?
reply about 2 hours

play online games