Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday with many fun traditions that are eagerly anticipated by children and adults alike. One that most children look forward to eagerly is receiving Hanukkah gelt, or money. Today, most coins are made of chocolate and are wrapped in gold or silver foil. Not only are they fun “money” to play […]
What is the Difference Between a Hanukiah and a Menorah?
What’s the difference between a hanukiah and a menorah? This is a common question. According to tradition, every year from the 25th of Kislev which is the Jewish calendar or the end of December according to the Gregorian calendar, Jews all over the world celebrate Hanukkah, the festival of light. The main religious tradition of […]
Hanukah falls at the same time every year, normally overlapping with Christmas holidays. Hanukah is a time of excitement and joy between families and especially for children. There are a wide variety of traditions which include eating oily foods like doughnuts and latkes. Latkes are the Jewish version of hash browns. Lighting the Hanukiah, which […]
What is Hanukkah All About?
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?
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?
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?
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. […]