About Hanukkah

What is Hanukkah All About?

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As Diwali is the Hindu festival of light and Chaharshanbe Suri is part of the Persian New Year, Hanukkah is the Jewish festival of light. The story of Hanukah began in the second century BCE and takes place in Jerusalem. At that time, the Hellenistic Empire from Greece and the Seleucid Empire from Syria were […]

Why are Candles Lit on Hanukkah?

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Hanukah is known as the festival of light and dates back to the time of the second temple, when the Seleucid Empire was at its strongest with King Antiochus on the thrown. Throughout his reign the King made laws which abolished the traditions of the Jewish people and prevented them from practicing any type of […]


Why is Hanukkah Eight Nights?

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Hanukah takes place around Christmas time at the end of December and is celebrated by Jewish families all over the world. It is a time where families get together to celebrate the rededication of the second temple in Jerusalem after it was demolished and ruined by King Antiochus and army in the second Century BCE. […]

Is there a Hanukkah Bush?

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Traditionally, there was no such thing as a Hanukkah bush. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that is also known as a festival of lights. The holiday celebrates the recapture of the second temple during the second century before the Common Era. The holiday is traditionally celebrated by lighting candles on a candelabra called a Menorah. […]


What is a Menorah?

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A menorah is a candelabra that generally holds nine candles. Eight candles are for each night of Hanukkah, and the ninth candle, which stands taller than the others, is to light the eight candles. Each night, an additional candle is lit. So, on the first night, the taller candle, which is called the shamas, is […]

How do you Play Dreidel?

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A dreidle is a four sided, spinning top with a handle, a square middle with four Hebrew letters, and a pointy bottom. The Hebrew letters on the dreidle, nun, gimmel, hey, and shin, stand for the phrase “Nace Gadol Haya Sham” or “a great miracle happened there.” One way to play dreidle is to just […]


I Gotta Feeling: Hanukkah Lyrics

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I’ve been getting a lot of requests for the lyrics for The Fountainhead’s “I Gotta Feeling” Hanukkah video. So, here goes: I GOTTA FEELING — by Ein Prat Fountainheads I gotta feeling That tonight’s going to be a bright night That tonight’s going to be a bright light That tonight’s going to be a bright […]

Free Hanukkah Music MP3 Download

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I don’t know how long this album download will be free, so grab it now! It is called “Lights, Vol 2. A Hanukkah Sampler” and includes songs from a variety of artists, including Craig Taubman.

How is Hanukkah Celebrated?

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Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration that people world wide take part in. The eight day festival of light involves food, prayer, dance, donation, oil, giving and remembrance. Many people ask how is Hanukkah celebrated? The answer is pretty much the same if you were to ask any Jewish person. Ways that they celebrate can vary […]

Why do you eat Latkes on Hanukkah?

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A great question, why do you eat Latkes on Hanukkah? For the most part, deep fried foods are frowned upon. They are bad for your heart, make you gain weight and are dangerous to cook if using an open fryer.   Latkes on the other hand, are a popular food that Jewish people eat during […]