Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Hanukkah: The Jewish Festival of Lights

Hanukkah Celebration
18th Century
~ Anon
Hanukkah begins November 27 and ends on December 5 this year.

~ Hanukkah (also known as Chanukah) is the Jewish Festival of Lights and lasts eight days. The Hebrew word Hanukkah means "dedication.

~ Hanukkah commemorates the Miracle of the Oil.

~ During Hanukkah, people exchange gifts and give to the poor and needy.

~ The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique  nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night.

~ The reason for the Hanukkah lights is not for the "lighting of the house within", but rather for the "illumination of the house without," so that passersby should see it and be reminded of the holiday's miracle

~ After lighting the candles and Ma'oz Tzur, singing other Hanukkah songs is customary in many Jewish homes. 

Information found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanukkah .


Jewish folktales, legends and fairy tales to honor this religious holiday.

The Three Laughs

Loosening the Stopper

The Clotheslines

Defending His Property

A Special Gift

A Collection of Wisdom – Jewish Folktales

Jewish Fairy Tales and  Legends by Gertrude Landa, 1919.  “This book is based on tales from the Talmud and Midrash. While some of the themes are familiar from fairy-tales and folklore from other traditions, the stories in this collection are infused with the perennial Jewish struggle for survival and dignity, as well as a large helping of gentle humor.”

The Golden Mountain by Meyer Levin, 1932. “This is a collection of tales of the Eastern European Hassidic Jews, centering on the holy men Baal Shem Tov and Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlaw.” http://www.sacred-texts.com/jud/gm/index.htm

Tales From the Past – Midrash and Chassidic stories, fables, parables and more.


Jewish Book Council


A variety of crafts, activities and coloring pages for Hanukkah can be found at these three sites.


Education World – Hanukkah Activities Across the Curriculum
Teacher Vision Lesson plans, Art,  Music activities and more.


Hanukkah Songs and Lyrics

History.com -  History of Hanukkah

Folksingers Peter, Paul and Mary sing _Light One Candle__.

Karen Chace 2013 ©
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