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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: Remembering the Past

The annual festival of the Jewish people Hanukkah, also known as the festival of lights, is one of the most awaited and popular events in the Jewish culture. The festival is celebrated for eight straight days in December or late November as per the Gregorian calendar which begins on 25th of the month of Kislev, […]

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Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah is a great Jewish religious event and it gets a lot of attention, especially because of its timing around Christmas season. Hard to believe, even with its popularity, Hanukkah is one of the less important holidays in the Jewish calendar, but nonetheless, it’s still a significant time of year, where it is associated with […]

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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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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, 2nd Edition: The Family Guide to Spiritual Celebration

Dr. Ron Wolfson Publisher: Jewish Lights Create a meaningful and happy Hanukkah in your home—with story, celebration, food and song . . . This newly-designed, easy-to-use edition of a classic spiritual sourcebook offers updated information, more family ideas, and new resources for every aspect of your holiday celebration. Information on every aspect of Hanukkah is […]

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Jewish Holiday Cooking: A Food Lovers Treasury of Classics and Improvisations

Jayne Cohen Publisher: Wiley In Jewish Holiday Cooking, Jayne Cohen shares a wide-ranging collection of traditional Jewish recipes, as well as inventive new creations and contemporary variations on the classic dishes. For home cooks, drawing from the rich traditions of Jewish history when cooking for the holidays can be a daunting task. Jewish Holiday Cooking […]

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