Hanukkah Traditions

Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday at the end of the year, is an 8 day celebration of thanksgiving. Interestingly, unlike any other Jewish holiday, the essence of its festive atmosphere derives almost entirely from home ritual and customs, including the candle lighting (of course) as well as a host of special holiday songs, games, and foods. […]

Meaning of the Star of David

Today, the Star of David is the premier Jewish symbol. Along with being the centerpiece on the flag of Israel, the six-pointed star (hexagram), made of two interlocking triangles, has long been a popular decorative symbol on all sorts of Judaica, jewelry and art. Because of its geometric symmetry and aesthetic appeal it’s easy to […]

Hanukkah: What Are We Celebrating?

Karshi Menorah

Hanukkah is the Jewish “festival of lights”, celebrated for 8 days and nights by lighting a menorah in each Jewish home. Full of its own traditions, customs and foods, it is arguably the most universally celebrated Jewish holiday. But, what exactly are we celebrating? History Like most Jewish holidays, Hanukkah is based on a paradigmatic […]