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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lights the Hannukah menorah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Dec. 6, 2018, with U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman watching. Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, along with Israeli soldiers, lit the menorah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Thursday to commemorate the fifth night of Hanukkah. “There is a great victory here: The great persistence and continuity of our people, which overcomes all rules of history by the power of our faith...
Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir flanked by his wife, Shulamit, and a hostess lighting Hanukkah candles on their return flight from Washington, on Feb. 12,1983. Credit: GPO.
Hanukkah reminds the Jewish people of their dedication to faith, and of their eternal right and connection to the land of Israel. During 25 years of battles, 2,200 years ago (166 BCE–139 BCE), a tiny band of a few thousand Jewish Maccabees defended the land of Israel, beat back repeated onslaughts from the highly equipped, 50,000-man Syrian-Greek invading armies, and...
A replica of the Jewish Temple's menorah, made by The Temple Institute in Israel. Credit: The Temple Institute, Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem via Wikimedia Commons.
U.S. President Donald Trump released a statement wishing Jews a “blessed and happy Hanukkah” in honor of the first of eight lights lit on Sunday night. “Melania and I send our warmest greetings to our Jewish brothers and sisters in the United States, in Israel and around the world celebrating Hanukkah,” he said. “For eight nights, Jewish families and friends will...
Young Israelis light candles for the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah at a bar in Tel Aviv on Dec. 8, 2015. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.
A new study reveals that Hanukkah holds different levels of importance to Israeli Jews than American Jews, and highlights disparities in participation between Jews in the two countries. According to the newest Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) report, while just 38 percent of Israeli Jews consider Hanukkah to be “one of the three most important holidays” on the Jewish calendar,...
A collage of Hanukkah crafts projects for children. Credit: Pinterest.
Despite Hanukkah being one of the few Jewish holidays not mentioned in the Torah, it gets a lot of play—pun intended. Shmuel Arnold of Baltimore recalls how while growing up in a secular Jewish household, his parents made an extra effort to give Hanukkah gifts every night. Sometimes they needed to get creative, like wrapping socks or delivering a...
United by a strong Jewish identity and driven by the mission of connecting Jews from all over the world with their heritage through music, the a cappella professional group Six13 is the origin of today's a cappella Jewish sound. They have made excellent presentations at the White House for Barack and Michelle Obama, and millions more at synagogues, religious...
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By now, many people have noticed that on sale at the U.S. Post Office is this year’s Hanukkah stamp, which features a papercut version of the 9-branched menorah (one arm being the shamash) set within an ancient oil jug, such as the one that might have contained the final drops of oil used by the Maccabees for the rededication...
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Hanukkah, known as the reason why people say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas,” has a rich history dating back to about the early 1950s. What started as a minor, non-religious holiday got swollen up to the joy of children and to the frustration of teenagers thinking “Really, eight nights of this?” Still, as great as Hanukkah is, it’s young...
Candles on the first night of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim. Hanukkah, also known as the “Festival of Lights,” is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple. The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a “hanukkiyah,” a nine-branched candelabrum with one additional light being lit on each night of the holiday. Dec. 24, 2016. Photo by Sebi Berens/Flash90.
Get ready to light the first Hanukkah candle, sing songs, play dreidel games, and, of course, eat. (Hanukkah takes place this year starting on the evening of Sunday, Dec. 2, and lasting through the evening of Monday, Dec. 10) But are we ready to indulge in all the rich holiday dishes in honor of Judith the Jewish heroine? Diet, be...
For generations, lighting the Hanukkah candles together has been the stuff lifelong memories are made of. But today’s far-flung families are increasingly challenged to share the sight of the candles aglow, the sound of the blessings and traditional songs sung by old and young alike, the feel of a perfect dreidel spin, and the smell and taste of latkes...

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