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Sing Songs for Hanukkah

Click to Enlarge Songs are part of every Hanukkah celebration. We sing songs of praise to God for giving us our freedom from our oppressors and to give thanks for all the blessings that he gives us. The Festival of Lights is a joyous festival and we sing songs of happiness and thankfulness. Learn and […]

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Dreidel Card for Hanukkah

Dreidel Card for Hanukkah

Spread Hanukkah cheers by making your very own Hanukkah dreidel card. Personalized Hanukkah cards add meaning to the celebration of the holiday. It will show how special the recipient is to you. For this project, you need scrapbook papers, cardboard, scissors, glue, colored pens and glitters. Make a card from the cardboard by cutting a […]

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Marshmallow Dreidel for Hanukkah

Playing the dreidel game is a popular tradition during Hanukkah. This popular Jewish game is usually played during Hanukkah nights as a way to acknowledge our Jewish beginnings. Make your dreidel games more fun by using marshmallows dreidels. For this project, you will need pretzel sticks, big marshmallows, sugar icing, candy sprinkles, chocolate chips and […]

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Introduce Hanukkah into Your Classroom

The month of December is generally related to the Christian celebration of Christmas. Probably because of the large population of Christians in the world, Hanukkah celebrations especially in Canada and the United States often involve Christmas traditions. Many rabbis argue that incorporating Christmas practices into the celebration of Hanukkah give many Jews confusion on why […]

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Celebrating Zot Hanukkah

Celebrating Zot Hanukkah

The last day of Hanukkah also known as Zot Hanukkah is considered by some Jews as the most significant. Here’s how you can celebrate the eighth night of Hanukkah: Light all eight candles on the last night of Hanukkah. Light the candles from right to left. Say the two Hanukkah blessings. Discuss the significance of […]

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Guidelines in Lighting the Hanukkah Menorah

Lighting the Hanukkah menorah is part of Jewish tradition. Here are a some guidelines you need to know before lighting a menorah at home: It is most ideal for the Hanukkah to be placed outside the main door where everyone can see it to show everyone the miracle of Hanukkah. The menorah should be positioned […]

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How to Observe the First Night of Hanukkah

For many Jewish families, the first night of Hanukkah is the most important one. The first night of Hanukkah opens the entire eight-day celebration. Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah by preparing Jewish traditional foods, lighting the Hanukkah menorah, saying special prayers, and exchanging gifts. Jewish games like the dreidel and the Hanukkah gelt hunt […]

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Hanukkah Scrapbook Making

Hanukkah is a time for family gatherings and endless parties. It is during this time of the year that Jewish traditions are celebrated with family and friends. Hanukkah is a once-a-year affair but the memory will last a lifetime. Keep the memories of your Hanukkah celebration by making your very own Hanukkah-inspired scrapbook. For this […]

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The Hanukkah Bush and Jewish Traditions

Modern Jewish families have included Hanukkah bush in their holiday decorations. A Hanukkah bush is basically a tree adorned and displayed in some Jewish homes during Hanukkah.  Often identified as a variation of the Christmas tree, the significance of displaying the Hanukkah bush has often been the subject of debates. Displaying Hanukkah bushes are generally […]

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The Hanukkah Menorah

The Hanukkah menorah is the primary symbol of the Hanukkah holiday. The menorah is a nine-branched candelabrum. The Hebrew word menorah means “lamp.” In Modern Hebrew, Hanukkah menorah is called “chanukkiyah.” Each of the candles in the candelabra represents each night of the Hanukkah. The ninth branch, known as the Shamash is the candle used […]

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Purchasing Your Menorah for Hanukkah

The menorah is the basic religious symbol of Hanukkah. There are many speculations as to how the use of menorah started. Some people believe that the menorah is a symbol taken from the idea of the burning bush that Moses witnessed on the mountain of Sinai. Others say that the menorah symbolizes the seven planetary […]

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How to Light the Hanukkah Menorah Safely

The menorah is a significant part of Hanukkah celebration. Hanukkah will never be complete without lighting the menorah. It is, however, important to ensure the safety of your family and avoid fire hazards when you light your menorah. Choose a menorah that’s sturdy and made of fire-safe materials. Clear the table from all flammable materials […]

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Game Ideas for Hanukkah

Hanukkah is a time for countless parties. Family and friends gather together to celebrate the season. Hanukkah party often involves playing traditional games to honor Jewish heritage. There are also modern games that have been embraced by Jewish families and have ever since been a part of Hanukkah celebration. Hanukkah is not complete without playing […]

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Create a Jewish Centerpiece for Your Hanukkah Dinner Table

Celebrating Hanukkah usually involves lots of festive family dinners. A beautiful Hanukkah centerpiece can make your Hanukkah dinner table more attractive. Learn how to make a Hanukkah table centerpiece with these simple steps: For this project, you will need small dreidels made of plastic or wooden material, a glass or ceramic bowl, glitters in different […]

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How to Organize a Hanukkah Children’s Party

Hanukkah is a celebration of our Jewish heritage. It is a holiday that is often combined with modern traditions that sometimes its real essence is neglected. Explaining to children the essence of Hanukkah is important. For them to truly appreciate Hanukkah and their Jewish heritage, we have to explain to them what Hanukkah is and […]

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Hanukkah and the City: Celebrating Hanukkah in New York

New York has one of the largest Jewish populations in America so Hanukkah celebrations are always grand. New Yorkers have different ways of celebrating Hanukkah. Some people follow the traditional way of observing Hanukkah while some spend the night in a modern way. From Hanukkah parties to public lighting of Hanukkah menorahs, New York has […]

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Hanukkah Traditional Foods

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights is a special holiday to many Jews around the world. It is a festive holiday celebrated with a sumptuous family dinner. Foods prepared during Hanukkah are usually fried to commemorate the miracle of the oil lamp that burned for eight days in the Temple when it had […]

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Decorating the Classroom for Hanukkah

Decorating for Hanukkah is not just limited to homes. We can spread the spirit of the holiday by decorating our offices and for kids, decorating their classrooms. Decorating the classroom for Hanukkah is also a great way to educate children regarding Jewish history and religion. Choose a color theme for your Hanukkah decoration. Generally, Hanukkah […]

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Hitler has Jewish DNA

Who would have thought or even surmise, that Adolf Hitler would have any biological association from the very races that he hated so much and he tried to wipe out. Arguments have been drawn, and a lot of speculations have been made. I guess it wouldn’t be relevant in our present time if it wasn’t […]

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Simple Hanukkah Wreath Project

Hanukkah is a great time to decorate our homes with Jewish symbols. One of the Hanukkah decorations you can make this year is the Hanukkah wreath. Although there are many Hanukkah wreaths that can be bought nowadays, making your own wreath is still better since it costs much lesser than buying one. Here’s a simple […]

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Quick and Easy to Make Hanukkah Dough Balls

Celebrate Hanukkah with these special dough balls that your family is sure to enjoy. Serve it together with other traditional foods of the season like latkes, sufganiyot, blintzes and fritters. Here’s an easy to make Hanukkah dough ball recipe: Prepare the following for this dough ball recipe: a cup of apple juice, four ounces of […]

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Jewish heroine of Hanukkah

Aside from the story of Judah Maccabees, the rededication of the temple and the miracle of the oil, a lesser known story tell of charming and beautiful widow, Judith. She was the daughter of Yochanan the High Priest, father of the Hasmonean family who saved her village town of Bethulia, in the land of Judea […]

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History timeline of Jewish life in Poland

1098 Information about the Jews in Poland has began to be publicize in Polish chronicles 1170 Warsaw Jews administered the Polish mint. Many coins had Hebrew inscriptions. 1203 Jews were granted freedom to have their own land in Galicia. 1264 The General Charter of Jewish Liberties known as the Statute of Kalisz was issued by […]

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History Timeline of Jewish People in America

History Timeline of Jewish People in America

1630 Holland captures Pernambuco, Brazil from the Portuguese and invites Jewish settlement. A significant Jewish community develops in Recife.  (Recife is the 4th largest metropolitan area in Brazil with 4,136,506 inhabitants. 1649 Solomon Franco was a merchant, who was granted a weekly stipend by the Puritan authorities on the condition that he leave on the […]

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Kosher Wine for Hanukkah

A Hanukkah party is not complete without wine. Although Hanukkah is not a drinking holiday, many Jewish families celebrate this holiday with vintage reds or fruity whites. If you want to make sure that the wine is kosher, buy wines from Israel. As much as possible, order wines directly from a kosher winery. If you […]

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Finding a Judaica Store Selling Hanukkah Gift Items

Hanukkah is a time of gift-giving and those who want to stick to Jewish traditions choose to give Jewish items bought from Judaica stores. Looking for the perfect Jewish gift can be difficult especially if you do not have any idea where to buy one. If you are new in a place get directions to […]

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Hanukkah Party Favors

Hanukkah is a great time to host a party for your family and friends. A Hanukkah party won’t be complete without party favors. Party favors make great gifts for Hanukkah. No matter how simple or grand your Hanukkah party is, your guests will surely remember this event with your unique and memorable party token. Different […]

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Weddings in Israel

Israel is a country made up of a salient variety of landscapes, dozens of historical landmarks juxtapose with oscillating cities, breath taking white sand beaches and outstanding desert landscapes, and a myriad of both wildlife and human cultures. Aloft the great city of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are some of the most arresting and artistic […]

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Jewish Marriages

Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.’ So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would […]

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Jewish Wisdom on After-Life

Jewish Wisdom on After-Life

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4) One of the most terrifying and appalling thing that could happen to us and our love ones is death. Just thinking about it […]

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