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When is Hanukkah this year?

When Is Hanukkah this year?

Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 02, 2018 (Sunday). It ends at sundown on December 10, 2018 (Monday). Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It starts on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, which coincides with late November-late December on the secular calendar. In Hebrew, the word “Hanukkah” means “dedication”. The name reminds us …

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What is Hanukkah? Jewish Festival Of Lights

Hanukkah

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It starts on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, which coincides with late November-late December on the secular calendar. In Hebrew, the word “hanukkah” means “dedication”. The name reminds us that this holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over …

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What is Dreidel? Hanukkah Children’s game

When Is Hanukkah this year?

A dreidel is a four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side. It is used during Hanukkah to play a popular children’s game that involves spinning the dreidel and betting on which Hebrew letter will be showing when the dreidel stops spinning. Children usually play for a pot of gelt, which are chocolate coins covered in gold colored …

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What is the meaning of Hebrew Letters on a Dreidel?

What is the meaning of the Hebrew Letters on a Dreidel?

A dreidel has one Hebrew letter on each side. Outside of Israel, those letters are: נ (Nun), ג (Gimmel), ה (Hay) and ש (Shin), which stand for the Hebrew phrase “Nes Gadol Haya Sham.” This phrase means “A great miracle happened there [in Israel].” After the State of Israel was founded in 1948 the Hebrew letters were changed for dreidels …

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