- a Jewish festival lasting eight days, celebrated from the 25th day of the month of Kislev to the 2nd of Tevet in commemoration of the rededication of the Temple by the Maccabees following their victory over the Syrians under Antiochus IV, characterized chiefly by the lighting of the menorah on each night of the festival.
Origin of Hanukkah
Examples from the Web for hanukkah
Back in December, and just in time for Hanukkah, J.K. Rowling revealed via Twitter that there were Jewish wizards at Hogwarts.Harry Potter and the Torah of Terror
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
January 4, 2015
Hanukkah is the celebration of a Jewish military victory in the second century BCE.Sarah Palin Is Here to Save Christmas, Thank God
November 13, 2013
Especially if the holiday shopping season is front-loaded because Hanukkah falls in November rather than December.The Shutdown that Stole Christmas?
October 11, 2013
How about that thing Jews like to spin on Hanukkah (or Chanukkah or Chanukah)?Mazel Tov, Arvind! But Are You Sure It’s Not Kneydl?
May 31, 2013
It is legitimate for a democracy like Israel to celebrate Passover and Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot and Hanukkah as national holidays.How Can Israel Be Both Jewish And Democratic?
April 3, 2013
The story is immortalized in the second name "Feast of Lights," given to the Hanukkah festival.A Thousand Years of Jewish History
Maurice H. (Maurice Henry) Harris
Hanukah or Chanukah
- the eight-day Jewish festival of lights beginning on the 25th of Kislev and commemorating the rededication of the temple by Judas Maccabaeus in 165 bcAlso called: Feast of Dedication, Feast of Lights
Word Origin and History for hanukkah
A festival in Judaism that occurs each December. Hanukkah commemorates the victory of the Jews (see also Jews) in the second century b.c. over the Syrians, who had occupied their country, and the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem (see also Jerusalem) (hanukkah is Hebrew for “dedication”). Observers of Hanukkah light one candle in a candleholder called a menorah each night for eight nights in memory of a legend that, when the Temple was rededicated, its lamps burned, without enough oil, miraculously for a week.