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Experience the warmth and light of Hanukkah! Eight nights, eight lights, and a festival full of joy and togetherness.
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Experience the warmth and light of Hanukkah starting on December 7! This glorious eight-day Festival of Lights commemorates the liberating victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian-Greek army, and the miraculous event that happened in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. When it came time to light the menorah--the seven-branched candelabrum--there was only enough oil left for a single night. Amazingly, the oil lasted for eight full days and nights, hence the significance of the menorah and why we celebrate Hanukkah for eight joyous days. So get ready to light the menorah, spin the dreidel, eat some delicious latkes and join in the festivities of Hanukkah!

History of Hanukkah

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>167 BCE</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Temple Desecration</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Syrian-Greek king Antiochus IV Epiphanes outlawed Judaism and desecrated the Holy Temple by installing an idol of Zeus.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>165 BCE</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Maccabean Revolt Victorious</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Maccabees led a successful revolt against the Syrians, culminating in the rededication of the Holy Temple.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1st Century</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Menorah Miracle Shared</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Talmud recounted, nearly 600 years after the Maccabean Revolt, the miraculous story of the oil that burned for eight days.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Hanukkah Customs Spread</div><div class='timeline-text'>Customs associated with Hanukkah, such as playing with the dreidel and eating fried foods, found their way into Jewish communities worldwide.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1951</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First White House Hanukkah Party</div><div class='timeline-text'>President Harry Truman hosted the first Hanukkah party at the White House, recognizing the holiday's significance to Jewish-American citizens.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2001</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Menorah Lighting</div><div class='timeline-text'>The National Menorah, in Washington D.C., was lit on the first night of Hanukkah in a public ceremony, now an annual event.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Hanukkah

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Decorate Your Home </h3><p class='facts-text'>Decorate your home with Hanukkah-themed decorations such as menorahs, stars of David, dreidels. This will create a festive mood and also help children to understand and take interest in the festival.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Teach the Story of Hanukkah</h3><p class='facts-text'>Make sure everyone in your house knows the amazing story of Hanukkah. This could be a great activity for the first night, providing context to the entire celebration. Kids will especially love learning about the miracles that happened.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Cook Traditional Hanukkah Dishes</h3><p class='facts-text'>Hanukkah food is a big part of the celebration. Why not cook up some traditional dishes like potato latkes or sufganiyot (jelly-filled donuts) or try your hand at making homemade applesauce or chocolate gelt?</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Handcraft Menorahs or Dreidels</h3><p class='facts-text'>Get into the spirit of Hanukkah by crafting your own Menorahs or Dreidels. Its a fun activity to do with children and an excellent way to educate them about the significance of these sacred items.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Donate to a Charity</h3><p class='facts-text'>In the spirit of Hanukkah, consider giving back to those in need. Choose a charity close to your heart and donate on behalf of your family or loved ones. This can be a good reminder of the real essence of celebrating this festival.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Hanukkah

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's steeped in rich history and tradition</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Hanukkah celebrates a significant event in Jewish history, including miraculous events and the fight for religious freedom. The stories, traditions, and rituals that accompany this holiday provide a wonderful connection to the past, adding depth to the celebration. Plus, it's an excellent opportunity to teach kids about their cultural heritage.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Promotes a sense of community and togetherness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Hanukkah encourages people to spend time with family and friends, strengthening bonds within the community. The nightly menorah lighting, communal prayers, games, and feast promote unity and allow people to come together in joyous celebration.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>The delicious Hanukkah food</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Who doesn't love the taste of traditional Hanukkah food? From crispy latkes (potato pancakes) to sweet sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), Hanukkah offers a feast of enticing, heartwarming food that satisfies both the stomach and the soul.</p></div></div>

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