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Several Hanukiyot on the eighth night of the festival.
Official name Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה or חנוכה
English translation: "Renewal/Rededication" (of the Temple in Jerusalem)
Also called Festival of Lights, Festival of Dedication
Observed by Jews in Judaism
Significance The Maccabees successfully rebelled against Antiochus IV Epiphanes. The Temple was purified and the wicks of the menorah miraculously burned for eight days.
Begins 25 Kislev
Ends 2 Tevet or 3 Tevet
2007 date sunset, December 4 to sunset, December 12
2008 date sunset, December 21 to sunset, December 29
Celebrations Lighting candles each night in a Hanukkah menorah (or hanukkiyah). Singing special songs, such as Ma'oz Tzur. Reciting Hallel prayer. Eating festive meals and foods fried in oil, such as latkes and sufganiyot. Playing the dreidel game, and giving Hanukkah gelt
Related to Purim, as a rabbinically decreed holiday.
Grand Rabbi Israel Abraham Portugal of Skulen Hasidism lighting Hanukkah lightsHanukkah (Hebrew: חנוכה, also spelled Chanukah), also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday beginning on the 25th day of the month of Kislev, which may fall anytime from late November to late December. It celebrates the re-kindling of the Temple menorah at the time of the Maccabee rebellion.
The festival is observed in Jewish homes by the kindling of lights on each night of the holiday - one on the first night, two on the second, and so on.
I know some people who are Jewish and have had the pleasure of celebrating with them last year. It's quite beautiful. :)
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