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Hanukkah

Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights. Since it is typically in December, it is often seen as the Jewish equivalent of Christmas. This isn't exactly true, but since the first night of Hanukkah is just around the corner, now is a great time to learn more about this wonderful holiday! Click this link to find a kid-friendly version of the story of Hanukkah. Put simply, Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of a single jar of oil lasting 8 nights. The jar of oil was found after the Jewish people reclaimed their Holy Temple from foreign occupation. It was expected to only be able to keep the Temple's lamp light for one day, yet it lasted a full 8 days which was long enough for the Jewish people to bring more oil to the Temple.

 

Jewish people celebrate this miracle at home by lighting the menorah (each night they light one additional candle to the number from the previous night), playing dreidel, and eating certain foods. The menorah is a stand-in for the Temple's lamp and there are specific prayers that are said over the candles. Menorahs have 8 candles plus one other candle that is always used to light the others. If you want to learn more about the dreidel game and how to play, you can click here and here. And if you want to know more about the food that are specific to Hanukkah, click here. Hanukkah foods are typically fried as a way to symbolize the oil that the Jewish people found (this also means that these dishes are delicious)!

 

Note: In 2020, the first night of Hanukkah is December 10th, beginning after sundown.




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