Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights

Artist Dominic Alves captured this image of a snowy Chanukah in Brighton, UK. (Credit:https://www.chabad.org/

Hanukkah (/ˈhɑːnəkə/ HAH-nə-kə; Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה ḥanuká, Tiberian: ḥanuká, usually spelled חֲנוּכָּה‎, pronounced [χanuˈka] in Modern Hebrew, [ˈχanukə] or [ˈχanikə] in Yiddish; is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. It is also known as the Festival of Lights (Hebrew: חַג הַאוּרִים, ḥag ha'urim).

Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. The festival is observed by lighting the candles of a candelabrum with nine branches, called a menorah (or hanukkiah). One branch is typically placed above or below the others and its candle is used to light the other eight candles. This unique candle is called the shamash (Hebrew: שַׁמָּשׁ‎, "attendant"). Each night, one additional candle is lit by the shamash until all eight candles are lit together on the final night of the festival. Other Hanukkah festivities include playing the game of dreidel and eating oil-based foods, such as latkes and sufganiyot, and dairy foods. Since the 1970s, the worldwide Chabad Hasidic movement has initiated public menorah lightings in open public places in many countries. (en.wikipedia.org)

Hanukkah 2019 will begin in the evening of Sunday, 22 December and ends in the evening of Monday, 30 December

Spread the Light

Spread the Light by Yoram Raanan
(Chanukah Art Gallery)

Rambam's Menorah

Rambam's Menorah by David Brook
(Chanukah Art Gallery)


Chanukah by Rosa Katzenelson
(Chanukah Art Gallery)

To all our Jewish friends and family...

Happy Hanukkah