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Hanukkah – In Those Days, at This Time

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
Hanukkah in Jerusalem -
Hanukkah in Jerusalem

Now read about the Maccabean Graves.



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