8 Basic Hanukkah Stuff You Should Be Aware Of!
8 Basic Hanukkah Stuff that You Should Be Aware Of
Did you know that there’s no right or wrong when it comes to the spelling of the word “Hanukkah”? Whether you prefer to spell it “Chanukah,” “Hanuka,” or even “Xanuka,” they all have the same meaning: It’s the eight-day Jewish holiday to celebrate the Jewish victory over a tyrant king and his conquering Syrian-Greek army more than 2,000 years ago.
Even if you do not observe this Jewish tradition, it’s still a good idea to find out what it is. Plus, you can make use of the fun facts we’ve listed below to keep your guests entertained while you’re enjoying your holiday dinner.
In celebration of this Jewish holiday, Goodwill Car Donations presents 8 basic Hanukkah stuff that you should be aware of:
- It’s not a popular Jewish holiday.
Sure, you may hear people talk about Hanukkah every now and then during the winter season. However, it’s not really a popular holiday among the Jewish people. They’re more keen to celebrate other religious holidays such as Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashana, and the Passover.
- It has no fixed date.
Unlike Christmas, Hanukkah doesn’t have a fixed date. You only need to remember that it starts on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, which falls somewhere between late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. For this year, Hanukkah will take place from the 22nd to the 30th of December.
- Jews celebrate 8 holy days.
In case you’re wondering, Jews celebrate Hanukkah for eight days and nights to commemorate the miracle that happened for that same period of time following their ancestors’ defeat of the Syrian-Greek army in 165 BCE. After their battlefield victory, the Jews moved to rededicate the Holy Temple in Jerusalem by lighting the Temple’s Menorah, a holy candelabrum or candle holder. However, at the temple, they found only a single jar of pure olive oil to keep the menorah candles burning only for a single day. But when they lit the menorah, the one-day supply of oil miraculously lasted for eight days, giving the Jews enough time to find a fresh supply of untainted olive oil.
- Families observe the Menorah lighting tradition.
For each night of Hanukkah, families gather around a special nine-branched Menorah to light a single candle. Four candles are placed on each side, with the center one (known as shamash) used to light them.
- Kids used to receive money.
In the olden days, Jewish children would get money instead of toys as presents during the celebration of Hanukkah. However, when Christmas and its gift-giving tradition became popular worldwide, many Jews departed from their custom and followed the Christian gift-giving tradition. Not wanting to disrespect their roots, some Jews still hand out money or chocolate coins called gelts or at least replicas of them in the form of foil-wrapped chocolate candies.
- Fried dishes form part of the tradition.
Traditional Jewish dishes such as latkes, sufganiyot, and mandelbrot are fried for a reason. Traditionally, folks use oil to commemorate the miracle oil of Hanukkah and not because they’re huge fans of fried foods!
- Dreidels were not just for fun.
It’s not a complete Hanukkah celebration without those tiny spinning tops played by kids. However, they weren’t used just for pure entertainment during ancient times. Since reading the Torah, the Jewish holy book, was a crime in Israel when it was still under Greek rule, Jews would pretend to gamble with their dreidels while secretly studying the Torah.
- Here’s the official Hanukkah greeting.
If someone greets you “chag sameach,” they’re telling you to have a happy Hanukkah. Though you may not be a Jew yourself, don’t be rude by dismissing the greeter. Respond warmly with the same greeting!
Donate a Clunker to Help Disadvantaged Folks
Whether or not you celebrate Hanukkah, the holiday season is all about doing good for others. If you’ve been itching to dispose of your old rusty car, handing it over to Goodwill Car Donations is the best way to do so.
We’ll auction off your donated vehicle and turn over the proceeds to local Goodwill organizations that cater to disabled and other disadvantaged individuals in your local area. In return, you’ll get to receive a hefty tax write-off as our token of appreciation.
We offer free pickup and towing. We also handle all the paperwork on behalf of our donors.
For more details about vehicle donations, tax deductions, or anything else regarding our work, feel free to visit our FAQs page. If you still have questions, give us a call at 866-233-8586 or send us a message online. One of our experts will promptly provide you the answers to your questions.
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