Of his “Light One Candle” song, Peter Yarrow said “I wanted to write a song that would be… a call for peace and reconciliation”. Click here for the “Light One Candle” video Light One Candle, by Peter Yarrow Light one candle for the Maccabee children With thanks their light didn’t die; Light one candle for […]
What is a Hanukkiah?
The hanukkiah is a special type of menorah made just for Hanukkah. Instead of having seven branches to represent the seven days of the week, like a regular menorah, it has nine branches. It is used to commemorate and publicize the miracle of the oil, which was enough to last one day but instead lasted […]
Popular Hanukkah Songs
In Judaism, every holiday (including the weekly Sabbath celebration) has its own special songs. Hanukkah is no exception! Because it is such a festive and joyous holiday, there are literally dozens of Hanukkah songs out there, from ancient ones to very modern ones. Here are some of the most popular Hanukkah songs! Hanukkah Blessings The […]
What are the Letters on a Dreidel?
The dreidel is a spinning top used to play games on Hanukkah. It is unique because it has certain letters written on each side of it. These letters are: נ (Nun), ג (Gimmel), ה (Hey), and ש (Shin), which stand for the phrase “Nes Gadol Hayah Sham” which means, “A great miracle happened there.” In […]
Applesauce or Sour Cream?
It’s that time of year when families rally behind their favorite latke topping: applesauce or sour cream. As for me, I stand 100% with Team Applesauce, especially homemade, but I’ll settle for store bought if that’s all you have! How about you? What’s your favorite Hanukkah latke topping? (Am I making you hungry? Here are […]
Potato pancakes, called “latkes” in Yiddish, are probably the most popular and well-known food of Hanukkah. In fact, when people think of Jewish people and culture, they often think of Hanukkah and latkes. Here are some great recipes for latkes, including the traditional potato pancakes, a vegan version, and some other fun versions! Traditional Potato […]
The holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of the oil that lasted eight days when it only should have lasted one. To commemorate this miracle, there are now many traditional Jewish foods that involve oil. Other common Hanukkah recipes celebrate other aspects of the holiday, such as gelt. Here are some popular Hanukkah recipes: Potato […]
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