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Cheese Blintzes for Hanukkah

The feast of Hanukkah commemorates the miracle of the oil menorah which lasted for 8 days when there was only enough fuel to last for a day. As part of this commemoration, fried foods are served during Hanukkah. Popular fried dishes served during the holiday include latkes, doughnuts and blintzes. Cheese blintzes are favorite treats […]

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Decorating Your Home with Chanukah Symbols

Chanukah is a famous holiday celebrated by all Jewish people in the world. As the holiday approaches, it is time for families to once again decorate with different Jewish symbols such as the menorah, dreidels and evergreens to kick off the Chanukah mood in their homes. Chanukah is a grand and special celebration so make […]

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Famous Hanukkah Decorations

Hanukkah literally means dedication in Hebrew. This special holiday is a celebration of triumph over years of trial and great affliction. Decorating for Hanukkah is one way to show the significance of the holiday. There are several Hanukkah decorations which have special significance to the Hanukkah celebration. The most recognizable symbol of Hanukkah is the […]

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Bingo Game for Chanukah

Bingo game is a fun activity that the family will enjoy during Chanukah. A Chanukah bingo game is also a great way to explain this Jewish festival. Creating your own Chanukah bingo card is easy. For this project, we will be utilizing computer office applications to create the bingo cards. Using Microsoft Word application, create […]

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Art Craft for Kids: Hanukkah Gelt Bag

Hanukkah is one of the most exciting holidays for Jewish kids. Imagine receiving lots of gelt (in forms of chocolate or money). That’s definitely exciting. Make Hanukkah more exciting for your kids by having them make their own Hanukkah Gelt bags. For this easy project, you will need a medium sized paper bag, a thick […]

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Gift Giving Ideas for Your Boyfriend or Girlfriend

Giving gifts is a tradition during Chanukah. The gift giving tradition of Chanukah is a way to show your love and care for your loved ones. When choosing Chanukah gifts for your boyfriend or girlfriend, your gift can convey a lot of message on how you value your relationship. It can sometimes be difficult to […]

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Celebrating Hanukkah in Israel

Although Hanukkah is not a major holiday in Israel, it is still one of the most celebrated Jewish holidays. Many of the Hanukkah activities done elsewhere in the world are also observed in Israel – lighting the Hanukkah menorah, reciting prayers, eating latkes and doughnuts, attending parties. Light your menorah and put in the window […]

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Make a Family Tradition for Chanukah

Just like other Jewish holidays, Chanukah is a holiday which is full of traditions. Most of these traditions like lighting the Chanukah menorah and saying Jewish blessings are based on religious history while some traditions were created to add fun to the celebration of Chanukah. Create your own Chanukah family tradition which you will pass […]

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Hanukkah Party Invitations

Hanukkah is a good time to host a party for your family and friends. The first thing that you will have to do is to make Hanukkah invitations. You can buy customized invitation cards in print shops but if you are working on a budget, you can create your own invitation cards. The process of […]

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Make Your Own Candles for Hanukkah

During Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights, people light candles in a menorah to commemorate the miraculous burning of the oil lamp for eight days. Make this holiday more special by creating your own Hanukkah candles with your family. For this project, you will be needing paraffin wax, thick cotton wicks, a meat thermometer, spoon, […]

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Hanukkah: A Family Celebration

Hanukkah is not just a great time to remember God and appreciate all the blessings he has given us but is also a perfect opportunity to spend quality time with our family. There are many activities that the family can do during Hanukkah. Even the basic Hanukkah traditions like lighting the candles and saying the […]

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Make Your Own Chanukah Chocolate Gelt

One of the reasons why children love Chanukah is because they look forward to receiving delicious chocolate gelts. Children love chocolates (and many adults too, for sure). As a kid, I have always looked forward to those sparkling, foil-wrapped chocolate coins my mom would buy during Chanukah. This Chanukah, show your kids the sweetness of […]

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Lighting an Oil-Based Menorah for Hanukkah

Although many people use candles to light a Hanukkah menorah, using lamps with oil and floating wicks is still considered more traditional since the ancient Jews originally used oil to light the lamp in the Temple for eight days which is the basis for the holiday. Prepare the menorah you will use for the lighting […]

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Fritters for Hanukkah

Eating foods cooked in oil is a Jewish tradition during Hanukkah. This is done to pay homage to the miracle of the lamp oil that lasted for eight days when there was only enough fuel to last for a night. Latkes are the most common food that symbolizes the holiday but there are other foods […]

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Taking a Time Off for Hanukkah

Hanukkah is one of the busiest Jewish holidays. This is a special time to spend with family and friends and to plan special Hanukkah activities. If you want to enjoy the holiday, you might want to get a time off from work. Here are some tips on how you can successfully get a time off […]

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Chanukah Gifts for Your Pets

Who says Chanukah gifts are only for people? Giving gifts to our loved ones during Chanukah is now part of the modern Jewish culture. Your pet dog or cat is also a part of the family so why not include him or her in your family’s Chanukah celebration. Here are some tips. Buy a dog […]

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Chanukah and Tzedakah

Chanukah is a time to give gifts to our loved ones. Chanukah is a special holiday which is often celebrated with dreidel games and lively parties. For many Jewish parents, the Festival of Lights is also the perfect time to teach their children generosity and to share blessings received by God. Some families give tzedakah […]

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The Origin of Dreidel

A dreidel is a four-sided spinning top usually played during the holiday of Hanukkah. Each side of the dreidel has a Hebrew symbol which forms the rules of the game. Children would usually play dreidel in exchange for a pot of chocolate gelt covered in gold or silver foil or candies and other sweet treats. […]

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Safety Tips in Celebrating Hanukkah

Hanukkah is a time to celebrate with family and friends. It is during this time that we shop for gifts, light menorahs; entertain guests, host parties, and cook special foods for the holidays. Despite the excitement that the holiday rush may give you, it is very important to always practice safety during this busy time […]

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Steps in Doing Gelt Hunt for Hanukkah

A gelt hunt is an exciting game for children during Hanukkah. Playing games as part of the Hanukkah celebration is a great way to honor our Jewish history.  Gelt can be in forms of chocolate coins wrapped in gold foils, real money or homemade sweet treats shaped as coins. Buy chocolate gelts. You can also […]

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The Story of Hanukkah Gelt

Gelt is a Yiddish word which if translated means “money.” Hanukkah gelt is distributed to children during Hanukkah celebrations. Grandparents would usually give gelt in amounts of small coins. In Israel, gelt is known as dmei Hanukkah. Legend has it that the Hasmoneans minted national coins to celebrate their freedom from the ancient Greeks. It […]

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Chanukah Gift Baskets

Gift baskets are great gifts for the special holiday of Chanukah. Challenge your creative side and make a themed gift basket. Your Chanukah gift basket can contain different items depending on the personality of the recipient. First, you must look around for a beautiful gift basket. Add accessories to your basket that are Chanukah related […]

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How to Make a Handcrafted Hanukkah Menorah

Hanukkah is a great time to do some activities with the family. Kids who are into craft-making will surely enjoy this simple holiday project. Here is a menorah project that you and your children can make in less than a day. We will need the following supplies to make a Jewish Hanukkah Menorah: a blue […]

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Dressing up for Chanukah

Although no special garments are required for the celebration of Chanukah, many people dress festively for the candle lighting ceremony and the entire holiday.  Children, specifically, are often dressed in clothes inspired by Chanukah and are adorned with accessories that symbolize the holiday. Wear clothes in Chanukah colors which are white and blue. If you […]

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How Hanukkah Came About

Chanukah or Hanukkah is one of the biggest Jewish celebrations. It celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE. Chanukah is celebrated for eight days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev based on the Hebrew calendar. This is around November to December on the Gregorian calendar).  The Hebrew […]

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Hanukkah: Festival of lights

Festival of lights. This holiday literally lights up every Jewish household all over the world who is celebrating Hanukkah. Celebrated for eight days, this 2,000 years old holiday commemorates the victory of Judah Maccabees over King Antiochus IV of Syria 2000 years ago and the reclamation and rededication of the Holy Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. […]

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Set up your Menorah

Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and last for eight days. In 2010, Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 1st and ends on December 9th.T here are many customs and traditions which are followed in the celebration of the Hanukkah holiday, and one of the most important parts of celebrating this […]

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Hanukkah Driedel

The driedel is one of the best representations of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. It is this time of year that Jews around the world celebrate their triumph over persecution and remembering a miracle that happened a long time ago. Dreidel is a Yiddish word that comes from the German word drehen, which means to […]

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Ideal Gifts for Jewish Women on Chanukah

Choosing the perfect gift for a Jewish woman is easy. The best way to choose a gift for a Jewish woman is to know her interests and lifestyle. Since Jewish women give high importance to Judaism and the Jewish culture, I suggest incorporating Jewish culture and tradition to your gift. Give her jewelry. Many Jewish […]

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Bat Mitzvah Party Themes and Ideas

A Bat Mitzvah is one of the highlights of a Jewish girl’s life. Planning for her bat mitzvah can be exciting. Choosing the party theme, making invitations and decorations, and preparing the food require much attention to make this event a memorable one for the celebrant and fun for all guests. The Bat Mitzvah theme […]

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