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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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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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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 “Jewish Christmas” Dilemma – Understanding the Significance of Hanukkah

Oftentimes, Hanukkah is associated with the celebration of Christmas. Many believe that Hanukkah and Christmas are two similar celebrations mainly because they are celebrated at almost the same time and because Hanukkah is called the Festival of Light. Some Jewish parents are tempted to turn Hanukkah into a holiday that’s similar to Christmas. This can [...]

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Gift-Giving Guide for Hanukkah

In old times, a gelt or a small amount of money was given to children during Hanukkah. Nowadays, many Jews have expanded the gelt-giving tradition to gift-giving. This is probably due to the fact that both Hanukkah and Christmas are celebrated the same time each year. These days, gift-giving is no longer restricted to kids. [...]

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Hanukkah (Chanukah)

When most people think of Jewish holidays, Hanukkah (Chanukah) is the first holiday that comes to mind. In reality, this holiday is not religious and is probably one of the least important Jewish celebrations. Its popularity, no doubt, comes from being so close to the Christian celebration of Christmas on the calendar. Regardless, many Jewish [...]

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