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Journal QUICK-WRITE. What do you know about Hanukkah?. Hanukkah. The Festival of Lights. When is Hanukkah?. Hanukkah begins at the 25th day of Kislev, the third month of the Jewish calendar. This year Hanukkah began at sundown on the evening of December 1, 2010. (So when does it end?).

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  • What do you know about Hanukkah?


The Festival of Lights

when is hanukkah
When is Hanukkah?
  • Hanukkah begins at the 25th day of Kislev, the third month of the Jewish calendar. This year Hanukkah began at sundown on the evening of December 1, 2010. (So when does it end?)
the menorah
The Menorah
  • On each night of Hanukkah, the menorah is lit. The menorah symbolizes the burning light in the temple, as well as marking the eight days of the Hanukkah festival.
there are many different spellings of hanukkah
There Are Many Different Spellings of Hanukkah
  • Chanuka Chanukah Chanukkah Channukah
  • Hanukah Hannukah Hanukkah Hanuka
  • Hanukka Hanaka Haneka Hanika Khanukkah
the menorah1
The Menorah

We place the candles in the menorah from the right to the left. When we light the menorah we say the blessings for the candles.

There are many different styles of menorot (plural for menorah). In most cases the Shamash (the helper candle) is in the middle or to the left side. Some are made for burning oil and some for candles.

The Menorah or candle holder is a really important part of the tradition of Hanukkah. It is why we call the holiday "the festival of light.”We light the menorah from the left side to the right side.


How is this candle lighting different than the Kwanzaa candles?

  • Many traditional Hanukkah foods are cooked in oil, in remembrance of the oil that burned in the temple. Latkes, or potato pancakes are a favorite food at Hanukkah.
  • The dreidel is associated with Hanukkah. It is a four-sided spinning top. Each side is engraved with a different Hebrew letter: The letters mean Nes Gadol Haya Sham—"A great miracle happened there"
the dreidel
The Dreidel
  • The four sides of the dreidel, from right:
  • nun, gimmel, hey, and shin

"Oh Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made it out of clay.

And when its dry and ready, Oh dreidel I shall play."

Children\'s Hanukkah Song

and now
And now…

We’re going to take a look at a video posted on the History Channel’s website.

Click here:

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Here’s one more…
  • Here’s some info about Hanukkah from the perspective of a rabbi (a Jewish priest):

(Hebrew for “peace”)