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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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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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Kever Rachel

There is a certain mysterious aura about Kever Rachel. What is the magnetic pull that draws so many Jews to pray there? Why was Rachel not interred in Me’arat Hamachpeila? According to Rashi, she was buried on the way so that the Jews being led to exile could pray at her grave. In Parshat Vayeitzei, […]

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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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