Chanukah Ideas and Inspiration For Your Family
The first night of Chanukah is December 24, 2016.
Download the blessings that we recite over the menorah and the 2016 Chanukah candle lighting order HERE.
This eight day holiday celebrates the miracles in the story of the military victory of Jews led by Judah Maccabee, over the Syrian government forces in 164 B.C.E. It is also known as the Festival of Lights. Traditionally, children receive gelt (chocolate money) and gifts. We cook and enjoy foods that are fried in oil such as potato latkes and donuts.
Did you know?
Dreidels in the United States have the Hebrew letters Nun, Gimmel, Hay & Shin which is an acronym for "A Great Miracle Happened There." In Israel, dreidels have the Hebrew letters Nun, Gimmel, Hay, Pei which is an acronym for "A Great Miracle Happened Here."
There is an annual Great Latke-Hamantashen Debate among academic scholars.
The menorah should be displayed for all to see - in the front window of your house or in a room that gets a lot of foot traffic.
Chanukah candles should be lit when stars first appear in the sky. They are placed in the menorah starting from the far right side and moving left each night. They are lit, however, from the left to the right - lighting the candle representing the new day of Chanukah first.