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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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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: 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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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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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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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 Menorah

The Hanukkah menorah or Hanukkiyah was inspired and influenced by the lamp known to the Jews as ner tamid, (A Ner Tamid is an eternal lamp. Ner is a light, and Tamid is eternal that hangs above the ark in every synagogue) which came with the famous story of the rededication of the Temple after [...]

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Hanukkah Blessings

Hanukkah is a holiday celebrated for eight days to commemorate the victory of Judah Maccabees over King Antiochus IV of Syria thousands of years ago. It came with the famous story of the miraculous jar of oil that should have lasted for a day, but burned for eight days. How to Recite the Three Hanukkah [...]

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How to Say the Three Hanukkah Blessings

Lighting the Hanukkiah (Hanukkah Menorah) is the highlight of the Hanukkah celebration. The Menorah is lit every night during the week-long celebration of Hanukkah. This ritual is done to commemorate the ancient Jews’ victory and the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days in the temple. All family members should be present when [...]

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How to Observe Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights has a number of traditions observed by Jews. These traditions add more meaning to the celebration of Hanukkah. A Menorah is lit on every night of Hanukkah in remembrance of the ancient Jews’ victory over the Syrians. Light the Shamash (center candle) on the first night of [...]

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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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A History of the Jews in the Modern World

Howard M. Sachar Publisher: Vintage Books “A rich and balanced account. . . . There is no other book that attempts, as this one does, to recount the history of the Jews in modern times in all its geographical variation and breathtaking disparity.” – Washington Post Book World “Magisterial . . . Sachar situates Jews [...]

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