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Read about Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights. Review the Hanukkah story, including the Maccabees' victory and the rededication of the holy temple in Jerusalem. Learn how to light the Hanukkah menorah (chanukiya), play dreidel (sivivon), and make potato pancakes (latkas).
About Hanukkah
Hanukkah commemorates the Maccabees military victory over the Greek Syrians and the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Learn everything you need to know about this Jewish festival of lights.
When is Hanukkah 2008?
When is Hanukkah 2008? Find dates for Hanukkah for this and upcoming years, information about the Jewish Festival of Lights, dates of other Jewish holidays, and information about the Hebrew calendar.
Free Hanukkah Coloring Pages for Children
Print these Hanukkah coloring pages, worksheets and games for your children, so they'll be busy and happy while you wrap gifts, cook latkas and organize your Hanukkah party.
Hanukkah Activities for Children
Creating meaningful memories by celebrating Jewish holidays together has got to be one of the best ways of passing a love of Judaism on to our Jewish children. Enjoy these special Hanukkah activites for kids.
Hanukkah Story
The story of Hanukkah tells of a Jewish struggle for religious freedom and national survival.
Hanukkah Blessings
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Instructions on How To Light the Hanukkah Menorah (Chanukiah)
Kindling Chanukah lights is the most important Chanukah custom. Jews light Chanukah candles to remember the the miracle of the Maccabees' victory and the miracle of the oil that burnt for eight days in the holy Temple.
Instructions on How to Play the Hanukkah Game of Dreidel
After lighting the Hanukkah menorah, you can play this traditional Hanukkah game with your family. All members of the household, from toddlers to senior citizens, can play this simple and fun game together. Playing dreidel is the perfect fun way to celebrate the holiday, create family memories, and strengthen your children’s Jewish identities.
The History of the Dreidel Game
What is the game of dreidel played during Hanukkah? What is the source of the dreidel game?
Hanukkah Song: Hanerot Hallalu
After the reciting of the blessings over the lighting of the Chanukah candles, and the lighting of the new light for that night, the words of "Hanerot Halalu" are recited. The additional lights are lit as it is recited.
Hanukkah Song: Maoz Tzur (Rock of Ages)
Maoz Tzur, which translates from the Hebrew as "Rock of Ages", is traditionally sung after reciting Hanukkah blessings and kindling Hanukkah lights.
American Jews: Christmas versus Hanukkah
In America today, interfaith marriages, interfaith families and Jewish children growing up in interfaith homes is a common reality. How do American interfaith families who are raising their children as Jews balance the celebrations of Christmas and Hanukkah? InterfaithFamily.com set out to answer this question in its annual December Holidays Survey.
Did Jesus celebrate Hanukkah?
Did Jesus celebrate Hanukkah?
Walk Through Jerusalem during Hanukkah
Enjoy a virtual tour through the city of Jerusalem during the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. View photos of menorahs (chanukiot) lit and displayed in windows throughout the "City of Gold."
Hanukkah: A Time to Give to Israelis in Need
Are you looking to make a contribution (give tzedakah) to an Israeli organization? This list provides links to and information about relief organizations in Israel.
Hanukkah Giving and Gifts
Is gift giving a Hanukkah tradition? Find Hanukkah gifts online.
The Difference between the Menorah and the Hanukkiah
What is the difference between the traditional Jewish menorah and the Hanukkah menorah (hanukkiah)?
The First Book of Maccabees
What is The First Book of Maccabees?
Who Wants to be a Maccabee?
The Maccabees are the heroes of the Chanukah story. Against great odds, they succeeded to drive the Assyrians out of Judea and win back the right of the Jews to practice Judaism. Do you have what it takes to be a Maccabee? Take this quiz to prove it!
When is Hanukkah 2008?
When is Hanukkah 2008? Find dates for Hanukkah for this and upcoming years, information about the Jewish Festival of Lights, dates of other Jewish holidays, and information about the Hebrew calendar.
When is Hanukkah 2009?
When is Hanukkah 2009? Find dates for Hanukkah for this and upcoming years, information about the Jewish Festival of Lights, dates of other Jewish holidays, and information about the Hebrew calendar.
About Kosher Food: Hanukkah Food and Recipes
Potato pancakes (levivot or latkas) and jelly doughnuts (sufganiot) are the most popular Hanukkah treats, but they are not the only ones. Enjoy these kosher Hanukkah recipes.
Aish.com: Chanukah
As usual, Aish.com offers high quality, interesting and eye-pleasing content - this time about the Jewish festival of Chanukah. Categories are How-To, Family, Themes, Stories, Multi-Media and Chanukah Basics.
AmazingMoms.com: Hanukkah Crafts
Learn how to make Window Sparklers, Star of David, Milk Carton Dreidels and Menorah Candles.
Chabad.org: Chanukah
Chabad offers Chanukah content in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew and more. Features include the Chanukah story, Chanukah How-To, Greeting Cards.... For Kids includes Online Games, Miracle Lights, Kids Chanukah Guide and more. The site also offers interesting multimedia Chanukah pages.
The History Channel: Hanukkah
Read succinct explanations of Hanukkah's history and traditions. The site includes a unique list of amazing feats associated with the festival.
Judaism 101: Chanukkah
Like all Judaism 101 content, these pages offer clear and concise information about Chanukkah. The content covers everything from the festival's historical background to dreidel game rules to potato pancakes recipe.
MyJewishLearning.com: Hanukkah
American Jews who want to increase their knowledge of their Jewish heritage will find the material about Hanukkah in this site to be helpful. Both the "how" and "why" is covered. The site includes advice for interfaith families and ways to counter Hanukkah commercialization.
OU.org: Celebration of Chanukah!
Basic information needed about Chanukah is provided from an orthodox perspective and presented in a no-frills, straight-forward format.
ORT.org: Hanukkah - Festival of Lights
This is a nice site for school children who want to learn more about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. It includes short descriptions and many photos. Subjects covered are History, Lights, Family, Songs, Games, Art, Terms, and Continuity.
Wikipedia.org: Hanukkah
Wikipedia.org provides comprehensive coverage of Hanukkah, including history, story, rituals, foods, games, and holiday calendar.
Sally's Place: Hanukkah Food
Celebrate Hanukkah with Mushroom Barley Soup, Potato Latkas, Ginger Torte, and Spinach and Tangerine Salad.
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