Crispy Treats and Tasty Sweets

Dec 13, 2016  |  By Sarah Gold

Let’s be honest here: Hanukkah is nearly everyone’s favorite festival. Between the mystical candle lighting ceremony, joyful songs, a heroic story filled with unlikely victors and the much-anticipated exchange of gifts, it’s hard not to love this wonderful eight day holiday. And if that’s not quite enough to sway you, there’s one other enticing reason to love the Festival of Lights: the food! The Hanukkah miracle we celebrate revolves around […]

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To Say and to Pray

Dec 06, 2016  |  By Sarah Gold

Hanukkah is not a biblical festival – we still drive, go to work, and study as usual – but some extra prayers and blessings make an appearance in our normal daily prayers. This is a quick introduction to the extra things we say and pray over Hanukkah. Al hanisim: the al hanisim prayer is added to the amida (central prayer in all three daily prayer services). It starts by acknowledging […]

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Why is Hanukkah Eight Days?

Nov 29, 2016  |  By Sarah Gold

The eight day festival of Hanukkah is something of an oddity. There are two other holidays that last this long: Passover and Sukkot. They are very different: Sukkot and Pesach are both biblical festivals given in the Torah, by God. They include all the restrictions associated with religious observance, so we don’t drive or use electricity, and significant day are spent in prayer. Hanukkah is different. It lasts eight days, […]

Category  : Judaism