December 01, 2010
Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It begins at sundown tonight. In Hebrew, the word Hanukkah means dedication and is a reminder that this holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E. The traditions of Hanukkah may vary somewhat among communities, but three traditions are universally celebrated. They are: lighting the hanukkiyah (somewhat different than a menorah), spinning the dreidel, and eating traditional foods.
Check out some of the materials that your MCPL branch has about Hanukkah, and learn more about this holiday.
Colbern Road Branch