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As we each shared some favorite holiday memories, my partner asked, “So what does each candle of Hanukkah symbolize?” Puzzled, I asked him to explain what he meant. “You know, like for Kwanzaa.”
Assign a different Jewish value each one day of Hanukkah and plan appropriate activities for your family. The idea of activities is not simply doing for doing’s sake, but doing for the sake of learning. Be sure to reflect and talk afterward!
Here are eight wonderful things about Hanukkah, one for each night, that can enhance our celebrations of this beloved holiday.
I now proudly define myself not as an assimilated Jew, but as a modern and engaged Jew who is committed to Jewish life and practice while still living a life in the secular world.
The complex flavor profiles of sumptuous chocolate have finally made it to Hanukkah gelt (traditionally coins given as Hanukkah gifts, but used here to describe foil-wrapped chocolate coins associated with the holiday).
Hanukkah is nearly here again! In case you've forgotten the blessings, can't remember which way to light the hanukkiyah, or just want to try a new recipe, here's everything you'll need to kick off your celebration this year.
The history of Hanukkah squeezes us between two competing narratives: one of idealization
Inspired by Kwanzaa, a festival celebrated by many Black Americans in which each day of the holiday (from December 26 – January 1) is dedicated to a different core principle, my family and I dedicate each of the eight nights of Hanukkah to a different value exemplified by a biblical Jewish woman.