Hanukkah

How to Greet Someone on Hanukkah

There are phrases you can use to wish someone a Happy Hanukkah.

Hanukkah 2021

In 2021, the first night of Hanukkah is Sunday, November 28.

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, Joseph’s brothers refuse to return to Canaan without Benjamin, whom Joseph has falsely accused of theft. Joseph reveals his true identity and invites his brothers to return for their father, Jacob, and bring him and their families to Egypt to live. When they return, Joseph introduces his father to Pharaoh, and, at Pharaoh’s suggestion, the family settles in Goshen, a particularly fertile region of Egypt.

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Parashat Vayigash

Genesis 44:18 - 47:27

Ezekiel 37:15 - 37:28

Parshat Vayigash: A Tale of Two Brothers

This Torah portion opens with a passionate exchange between Joseph and Judah, two brothers with distinct personalities.

Videos

How to Play Dreidel

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

How to Make Perfect Latkes for Hanukkah

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!

This Fried Filipino Delicacy Is Perfect For Hanukkah

Finding connection between Jewish and Filipino comfort foods.

Pumpkin Kugel With Pecan Streusel Recipe

The perfect Thanksgivukah dish — and great for breakfast the next day.

More From MJL

Is It OK to Use an Electric Menorah for Hanukkah?

An electric menorah might be an acceptable substitute, but the vast majority of Jews prefer wax candles or oil lamps.

Hanukkah Song and Music Guide

Where to find recordings and lyrics for classic (and modern) Hanukkah songs.

How Long Have Jews Been Celebrating Hanukkah?

Hanukkah does not appear in the Hebrew Bible. Where does it come from then?

What is the Meaning of Hanukkah?

The Hebrew name of the Festival of Lights literally means "dedication."

Judaism and Pets: Questions and Answers

What Jewish tradition says about cats, dogs and other companion animals.

8 Ways to Make Your Hanukkah More Eco-Friendly

Green tips for the Festival of Lights.