Hanukkah

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How to Light the Hanukkah Menorah

The traditional blessings and procedures for lighting the Hanukkah candles.

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Summary

In this Torah portion, Pharaoh has two troubling dreams, and at the suggestion of his cupbearer, who remembers Joseph from prison, Pharaoh brings Joseph to interpret them. Pharaoh is so impressed by Joseph that he makes him his adviser. There is a famine, and Jacob sends his sons, minus Benjamin, to Egypt to buy food. The brothers do not recognize Joseph when they meet him, and Joseph tests them by accusing them of being spies. Joseph arrests Simeon and demands the brothers bring Benjamin to Egypt to prove they are not spies. When Benjamin arrives, Joseph puts a goblet in Benjamin’s bag and accuses him of stealing it.

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Parashat Miketz

Genesis 41:1 - 44:17

Zechariah 2:14-4:7 | Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Chanukah

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Videos

How to Play Dreidel

Learn how to play this Hanukkah game with our video and written instructions.

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Our video shows you exactly how to make them crispy and golden.

How to Light the Hanukkah Menorah

The traditional blessings and procedures for lighting the Hanukkah candles.

Recipes

Cranberry Challah Donuts Recipe

The perfect fried treat for Hanukkah, Thanksgiving or anytime you need a good donut!

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