Hanukkah 101

Brush up on the basics of the festival of lights.

Hanukkah At Home

Home rituals celebrating light as a metaphor for spiritual freedom.

For Families

Eight days of fun.

Hanukkah In the Community

Jewish communities around the world celebrate Hanukkah with parties, songs, and games.



The ever-popular potato latke heads the list of traditional, oily Hanukkah treats.

Easy Latkes

A recipe for potato fritters.

Jelly Doughnuts

A recipe for Hanukkah jelly doughnuts.

Hanukkah Cookies

Classic sugar cookies, with an Austrian twist.


Canned for Hanukkah.

Traditions & Rituals


There is a set procedure that is followed in this home ritual.


Blessings for lighting the Hanukkah candles.  

Publicizing the Miracle

The home ceremonies followed today were the conscious creation of the Talmudic rabbis.

Video: How to Light

The Adventures of Todd and God.

How To Play Dreidel

Rules for the popular Hanukkah game.



The story of how Hanukkah came to be is contained in the Books of Maccabees.

The Maccabean Revolt

A synopsis of the Hanukkah story.

First Hanukkah

It was actually a Sukkot celebration.

Modern Hanukkah Observances

A holiday influenced by secular society.


The well-known Hanukkah symbol has European roots.