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Transcript of Hanukkah
When is it Celebrated?
This year, Hanukkah begins Sunday, December 6th at sundown and ends Monday, December 14.
Why is it celebrated? Why is it important?
Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish
holiday that celebrates two miracles:
a great Jewish military victory
a miraculous supply of oil for the Temple
Hannukkah is celebrated for 8 days. It started as a ceremony for the Second Temple, Judaism's holiest site. It is important because it reminds Jews of their history and of how important their religion is.
How is it celebrated?
family and friends celebrate together on Hanukkah
one candle of the Manorah is lit by the middle candle called the shamash or "helper candle" each day of Hanukkah
when each candle is lit jewish people recite a prayer
the Manorah is sometimes placed near a window to publicize the holiday and its symbolizm
food cooked in oil is traditional to serve
many jewish families give gifts to eachother on each day of Hanukkah
dreidel is a traditional game played on this holiday
Did you know?
During the eight days of Hanukkah, the entire Hallel (psalms of praise) is said.
By: Laura Oliveira, Janine Ramos, Carolina de Guzman, Sam Harvey
Apparently, spinning the dreidel was originally done by students illegally studying the Torah. When Greek soldiers would make a surprise raid, the students would whip out a dreidel, pretending to play a gambling game.
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