To Say and to Pray

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 […]

Why is Hanukkah Eight Days?

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 […]

Your Guide to Lighting the Menorah

Every holiday has its own unique traditions, and lighting candles is arguably Hanukkah’s most famous and iconic ritual. This is our guide to explain the basics of lighting your Hanukkah menorah. Who? Women and men are equally obligated in the mitzvah of candle lighting. In Ashkenazi households, every member of the family lights their own […]