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Origin of Hanukkah
Words nearby Hanukkah
What is Hanukkah?
Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish festival that commemorates the rededication of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century b.c.e. It usually occurs in December but can also happen in late November and can extend into January.
More commonly, it’s referred to as the Festival of Lights (or Feast of Lights). That’s because Hanukkah is observed with the lighting of a multi-branched candelabrum called the menorah (or hanukiah or chanukiah). When it has nine candles, one of them is a “starter” (technically called the shammes) that’s used to light the other eight candles. One candle is lit on each subsequent evening of the celebration, until all are lit. Special prayers may be said during the lighting of each candle or at different times of each day.
The tradition of lighting the menorah during Hanukkah is done to commemorate the story of a miracle. According to the story, when the Temple was rededicated, its lamps burned miraculously for a week, even though there was not enough oil to fuel them.
The rededication of the Temple occurred after Judea was liberated from Syrian occupation by the Maccabees, a family of Jews led by Judas Maccabaeus. They defeated the Syrians under Antiochus IV around 165 b.c.e.
The timing of Hanukkah is based on the Jewish calendar and varies from year to year. It is celebrated on the 25th day of the month of Kislev to the 2nd of Tevet. This most often corresponds to an eight-day period in December.
Common ways of celebrating Hanukkah include giving gifts to children and loved ones, having family dinners, and eating special foods like latkes. Children sometimes play games with a traditional toy called a dreidel, a kind of four-sided top.
Example: I love spending Hanukkah with my family and lighting the menorah each night!
Where does Hanukkah come from?
Various spellings of the word Hanukkah have been used in English since at least the 1600s. It comes from the Hebrew word ḥănukkāh, which is thought to mean “a dedicating” or “a dedication.”
Hanukkah is thousands of years old, but it’s not one of the holidays mentioned in the canonical Jewish scriptures (the events it commemorates occurred after the writing of the Torah). Instead, it is based on rabbinic tradition. In the context of the Jewish religion, it is not considered one of the most important Jewish holy days. However, it is now celebrated by Jews all over the world, and it is especially popular among Jews in the United States. Hanukkah is also one of the most well-known Jewish holidays among people who are not Jewish, especially due to the fact that it often falls around the Christian holiday of Christmas, making it part of the “holiday season,” especially in the U.S.
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- Chanukah (alternate spelling)
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Hanukkah is a time of celebration for Jews and is well-known even among people who are not Jewish.
Almost the end of Hanukkah 🙁 Lighting the menorah gives me a sense of peace. Should do Shabbat more often because I get that same feeling
— Sara Robbins, APR (@saraxmazing) December 17, 2009
Hanukkah is coming!! The only thing I'd add is that while this is great for Jewish kids of Color, it's also great for white Jewish kids to learn from a young age that white =/= normative in Jewish families.https://t.co/B6J39e7Uq2
— Rabbi Emily Cohen (@ThatRabbiCohen) November 24, 2020
appreciation tweet for the rugrats hanukkah special!!! it’s hard to find jewish representation in the media around the holiday season so this episode has always been really sentimental to me 🙂 pic.twitter.com/20JQBGWnnL
— haley’s hella happy hanukkah✨💙 (@haleymailender) December 1, 2020
Try using Hanukkah!
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Hanukkah always takes place on the same eight days in December.
How to use Hanukkah in a sentence
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It just so happened to be the first night of Hanukkah, and Topper, who is Jewish, told Currey why his act of kindness was particularly meaningful to her that day.
Well, it’s time for the Ceremonial Singeing of My Hair — happy Hanukkah, everyone.
This week, thinking about the absence of my parents at Hanukkah, I wondered if there was more evidence.Carter would make history lighting a Hanukkah menorah. But first, he needed a longer match.|Michael Kranish|December 10, 2020|Washington Post
Back in December, and just in time for Hanukkah, J.K. Rowling revealed via Twitter that there were Jewish wizards at Hogwarts.
Deck your halls instead with boughs of holly, shouting “Merry Christmas” (or “Happy Hanukkah”) well into the night.
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Hanukkah is the celebration of a Jewish military victory in the second century BCE.
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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
British Dictionary definitions for Hanukkah
Hanukah or Chanukah
Word Origin for Hanukkah
Cultural definitions 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.