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Hanukkah The Festival of Lights
When is Hanukkah? Celebrated for eight days and nights Starts on the 25 of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar (November or December on the Gregorian calendar) Hanukkah means dedication The holiday commemorates the rededication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Jews’ 165 B. C. E. victory over the Hellenist Syrians.
The Menorah On each night of Hanukkah, the menorah is lit to commemorate a miracle which occurred after the Jews proclaimed victory over the Syrian armies in 165 B. C. E. When Jews came to rededicate the Temple-which had been defiled by the Syrians they found only one small flask of oil with which to light the menorah. Although the flask contained only enough oil for one day the lamp burned for eight days.
There Are Many Different Spellings of Hanukkah Chanukah Chanukkah Channukah Hannukah Hanuka Hanukka Hanaka Haneka Hanika Khanukkah
Latkes • • • Most Hanukkah dishes use oil Oil reminds us of the oil which burned eight days instead of one. Latkes are potato pancakes made from grated potatoes mixed with eggs, onions, and flour, then fried in vegetable oil. They are served hot and often dipped in apple sauce or sour cream
Dreidel The dreidel (spinner) is a four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter inscribed on each side. Before spinning each player places a fixed amount of the coin or candy in the kitty During the rule of Antiochus before the Maccabee’s revolt, soldiers executed any Jews caught practicing their religion When Pious Jews gathered to study the Torah, they had the top ready in case they heard soldiers approaching. They would hide the holy scriptures and pretend to play with the dreidel
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