Hanukkah 2019 will be celebrated from Sunday, December 22nd through Monday, December 30th.
Over the course of eight nights, an estimated 7 million Jewish citizens living in the United States will pay tribute to the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem—where, in 200 B.C., what is known as the “Hanukkah Miracle” took place. According to Jewish texts, this miracle was witnessed in the menorah lit in this Temple, when its candles stayed lit for eight consecutive nights—despite only having enough olive oil to light it for just one night.
Today, Hanukkah is generally celebrated by lighting one new candle each night on a 9-branched menorah, which features 4 candles on either side of a central “helper” candle referred to as a “shamash” (“helper” in Hebrew, as this central candle is used to light each new candle). Festive dedications, songs, food, small nightly gift exchanges, and more will be used in various ways to help make each individual Hanukkah celebration special for all celebrating.
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