Hanukkah in 2014 begins Dec. 16th and ends Dec. 24th. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the rebuilding of the holy temple, called the Second Temple. More »

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According to Jewish tradition, Hanukkah began as a celebration of the liberation of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. The story goes that the altar needed oil to be cleansed but oil for only one day was found. This oil bur... More »

In 2014, Christmas fell on a Thursday, the start of Hanukkah fell on a Wednesday and the start of Passover fell on a Tuesday. Ramadan began on a Saturday, Eid-al-Fitr (the end of Ramadan) fell on a Monday, and Diwali, th... More »

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In 2014, Hanukkah began at sunset on Dec. 16 and ended on the evening of Dec. 24. It began on a Tuesday and ended on a Wednesday. More »

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Hanukkah, a Jewish holiday celebrating the rededication of the Holy Temple 21 centuries ago, lasts for eight days. The dates on which Hanukkah is celebrated are determined by the Hebrew calendar. It begins on the 25th da... More »

In Judaism, traditional Hanukkah blessings praise God. The blessings give thanks for how God protected and helped the Jewish people, especially during the season of Hanukkah. More »

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Traditional gifts for Hanukkah include a dreidel or small bag of gold-wrapped chocolates for a child or a menorah for an adult. A dreidel is a small toy similar to a top with Hebrew letters on each side of it. It is akin... More »

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