Hanukkah

Research Presentation

What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah is a eight-day Jewish holiday. During these eight days, Jews celebrate the re-dedication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem; where according to legend, Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabees Revolt. This winter holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional food, games, and gifts.

What do they celebrate?

  • Celebrates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt

  • Celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional food, games and gifts

Menorah

  • On each of the holiday's eight nights, another candle is added to the menorah after sundown
  • The ninth candle, called the shamash, which means "helper", is used to light the other candles
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What games do they play?

  • Four-sided spinning tops called dreidels
  • Used as a game piece in the dreidel game
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What do they eat?

During Hanukkah potato pancakes (known as latkes) and jam-filled donuts (sufganiyot) are popular in many Jewish households