Happy Hanukkah! The Festival of Lights & The Dreidel Game

Tonight, December 11th, is the first night of Hanukkah.

“Hanukkah (also known as Chanukah, Hanukah, Hannuka and the Festival of Lights) is an eight-day Jewish holiday that usually takes place between late November and late December. It commemorates the victory of the Maccabees, a Jewish rebel army, over the Syrians in 165 B.C.E., as well as the subsequent rededication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem. Jews around the world celebrate with eight nights of merriment. Traditions include lighting the menorah, exchanging gifts and enjoying treats cooked in oil.” (from History.com)  Visit History.com to read more about Hanukkah and to watch a short video.

The dreidel is one of the games played during Hanukkah.   Through the My Jewish Learning website are the rules for the popular game.

Pandora, the free online internet radio, has created a Hanukkah station for the holiday.  Listen Now!

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