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Happy Hanukkah!

Today begins the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah. This ancient Jewish celebration is filled with history and tradition, and dates back to before the Torah was written. Here are a few fun facts to share throughout Hanukkah over latkes and a rousing game of dreidel.

  • Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration commemorating the military victory of the Jewish Maccabees over the Greek-Syrians. Hanukkah also commemorates the re-dedication of the Second Temple in 164 BCE.
  • Hanukkah can be correctly spelled many different ways, including Chanukah, Chanukkah, and Hanukah.
  • Hanukkah starts on the 25th of the month of Kislev.  But because the Hebrew calendar is lunar rather than solar, it can fall anywhere from November to early January on the standard calendar.
  • The nine-branched candelabrum used on a Hanukkah is a misnomer; it is actually called a chanukiah. The menorah is actually a seven-branched candelabrum. (more…)

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