What does Hanukkah mean?
When did it begin? Why is it celebrated? What does Hanukkah mean today? Take a few moments to view just to explanation of the Feast of Lights that you are looking for.
First of all Hanukkah is a historical narative of Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BC.
But then again Hanukkah is a religious holiday celebrating the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem and the lighting of the menorah.
Don’t forget that the Festival of Lights is a spiritual holiday: To light up the darkness! – physical darkness and psychological darkness – not to light candles, but to be candles.
So perhaps we can summarize Hanukkah thus: They tried to kill us. G-D saved us. Let’s Eat!
Customs for the Festival of Lights
- Music: Maoz Tzur
- Ritual Objects: Menorah, dreidel
- Food: Latkes (Potato pancakes), sufganiyot (jelly donuts)
- Worship: Al Hanisim
- Candle lighting
Chanukah Gelt – Chanukah money gifts to children
Now read about the Maccabean Graves.