Hanukkah (Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה‎), also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE, Hanukkah is observed for eight nights, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.

Menorah with candles lighting

The central feature of this holiday is the lighting of candles each evening – one on the first night, two on the second, and so on – in commemoration of the miracle at the Temple.The Hanukkah message in Israel focuses strongly on aspects of restored sovereignty like other miracles that we can find in The Old Testament, especially in the Torah.


There is a tradition to play with a “dreidel” on Hanukkah. A dreidel is a four-sided top with letters from the Hebrew Language distributed one to each side. These letters stand for the sentence: “Nes Gadol Haya Sham”, which means “A Great Miracle Happened there.”-

It is a widely accepted custom to eat foods fried in oil on Hanukkah. Some of the most common foods eaten on Hanukkah are the potato Latke (pancake) and also the Sufgania (donut).





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