Hanukkah - Chanukah
Hanukkah (pronounced HAH-nə-kə ; Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה, Tiberian: Ḥănukkāh, usually spelled חנוכה, pronounced [χanuˈka] in Modern Hebrew; a transliteration also romanized as Chanukah.
also known as the
Festival of Lights
Is an 8 day Jewish holiday commemorating the re-dedication of the
Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem
at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE.
*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 the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The typical Menorah consists of eight branches with an additional raised branch.
The extra light is called a shamash (Hebrew: שמש, "attendant") and is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest. The purpose of the shamash is to have a light available for use, as using the Hanukkah lights themselves is forbidden.
Menorah Lighting in New York
The year when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg lit the worlds largest kosher Chanukah Menorah with Rabbi Shmuel Butman and the Menorahs designer Yaakov Agam
On this the 7th night of Chanakah
The World’s Largest Menorah was lit
Central Park, Fifth Avenue and 59th Street
To Get Your Whole Family
In The Hanukkah Spirit