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Pure Olive Oil
Pure Olive Oil

While a large number of Jews today light Chanukah candles, the more traditional custom is to light the Chanukah menorah with olive oil. This is done in order to most accurately recreate the original miracle.When God instructed Moses on the construction…

Chanukah Yum
Chanukah Yum

While Jewish holidays are known for their food (except Yom Kippur, of course), most of these foods are not known for being particularly healthy. Chanukah is no exception. Forget matzah or apples, those are healthy in comparison–pull out your deep frye…

On the 25th of Kislev
On the 25th of Kislev

It is not uncommon to find that significant events in Jewish history occurred in different years but on the same day on the Jewish calendar. For instance, Tisha B’Av (9th of Av), the day on which we mark the destruction of both the First and …

Al Hanisim, For The Miracles
Al Hanisim, For The Miracles

Most Jewish holidays are marked not only by feasting and celebrations, but also by…

These Lights We Kindle
These Lights We Kindle

While the mitzvah of lighting the menorah is an outward-focused mitzvah – the menorah is lit in…

Chanukah Blessings
Chanukah Blessings

On the first night of Chanukah, one candle/light is placed on…

What is the Primary Mitzvah of Chanukah?
What is the Primary Mitzvah of Chanukah?

Here’s a quiz: What is the primary mitzvah of Chanukah?

Giving Gifts
Giving Gifts

“One who is diligent in lighting Chanukah candles will have children who are…

The Chanukiyah
The Chanukiyah

The term menorah is used for both the classic symbol of the holiday of Chanukah and…

Can We Build A Snowman?
Can We Build A Snowman?

With terms like Nor’easter (Northeaster) and Polar Vortex peppering the local…

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