Hanukkah Songs in Traditional and Popular Culture

Hanukkah Songs in Traditional and Popular Culture

As Hanukkah begins, we celebrate with light, food, and song. The Jewish people have centuries of songs to commemorate our long history and the turning of the Jewish calendar. Here are several traditional and modern songs about Hanukkah. Maoz Tzur Maoz Tzur, a...
A Biblical Argument for Hanukkah

A Biblical Argument for Hanukkah

Hanukkah is almost upon us! Sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and latkes will be consumed by the kilos, and hanukkiot (Hanukkah menorahs) are being dusted, polished, and prepared. The 8-day celebration begins the evening of the 22nd—Kislev 25th on the Jewish calendar—with the...
Hanukkah Traditions, Explained

Hanukkah Traditions, Explained

What is the meaning of the Hanukkah Menorah (Hanukkia)? The seven-branched Menorah burned perpetually in the Temple. Only specially-prepared, ritually pure olive oil was used to keep the menorah lit. Jewish tradition says that when the Temple was cleansed and...
The History of Hanukkah

The History of Hanukkah

Hanukkah, also called the Festival of Lights or the Feast of Rededication, is the eight-day festival that commemorates the rededication of the Jewish Temple after its defilement by Seleucid rulers in the second century BCE. The holiday beings on the 25th of Kislev on...
Hanukkah Blessings

Hanukkah Blessings

The Hanukkia—Hanukkah Menorah—is one of the most visible symbols of Hanukkah. Each night, we light a progressive number of lights until the eighth night, where every branch of the Hanukkia is lit in its full glory. Curious about how to light the Hanukkia, how to place...
DIY Hanukkah Menorah!

DIY Hanukkah Menorah!

Hanukkia—Hanukkah Menorahs—can range from a simple row of candles to elaborate, gorgeous candle holders. Whether you are staying away from home for a night of Hanukkah, you don’t have a Hanukkah Menorah of your own, or friends or children would each like to...

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