Today, during Hanukkah families around the Jewish world delight in the story of the miracle lamp that remained lit for eight days
and the wealth of festive traditions that surround the lighting of the menorah.
Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Chanukah, Chanukkak or any other Western spelling, Hanukkah begins at sunset on Saturday, December 24, 2016 and continues for eight days ending at sunset on Sunday, January 1, 2017.
The story of Hanukkah
The story of Hanukkah begins with an outnumbered army of Maccabees claiming victory over the Syrian army.
When their temple's golden menorah had been stolen by the Syrians. the Maccabees crafted a new one. But there was only a small amount of oil, only enough to burn for one day. The faithful people lit the lamp — and by some wonderful miracle — the oil continued to burn for eight days!
In memory of the joyful occasion, an annual thanksgiving celebration took place each year, when candles were lit to commemorate each of the eight days of the Hanukkah miracle.
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Dreidel games, with a four-sided spinning top, is another fun tradition that has an ancient history. The dreidel has four letters from the Hebrew alphabet, imprinted on each of its sides.-- Nun, Gimel, Hay, and Pay -- which stands for Nais Gadol Hayah Poh, or "a great miracle happened here."
Around the Web, discover more about the holiday with guides to the menorah
lighting, recipes, interactive games, history and trivia, songs and music.
Virtual Chanukah - This whole site is a mitzvah! From the ancient to the present - from the miraculous to the secular including a schedule of menorah lightings around the globe, video clips, and audio files.
Happy Chanukah from Aish.com - Extensive info including the basics and a complete How-To Guide featuring an animated menorah, a list of blessings, Hanukkah songs and lyrics, tips on party planning and anything else you ever wanted to know.
Latkes Recipes - Hanukkah - All Recipes - Visitor submitted and rated recipes with complete ingredients and instructions, plus browse around for more on homemade apple sauce, brisket dinners and related holiday recipes.
Torah Tots Interactive Page
- Lots of coloring pages to print and more, and don't miss the online dreidel game. Click on the spinning dreidel and it tells you what the Hebrew character means and explains the right move.