Hanukkah

What is the Meaning of Hanukkah?

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

Why is Hanukkah Called the Festival of Lights?

The origins of this common name for the December holiday go back to the first century.

What is the Origin of Hanukkah?

The popular holiday isn't mentioned in the Bible and is barely addressed in the Talmud.

Is Hanukkah in the Bible?

The story of the Jewish revolt against Antiochus is contained in the Books of Maccabees, but these are not considered part of the biblical canon.

Al Hanisim: Remembering Our Partnership in God’s Miracles

Both the holidays when this prayer is recited are marked by courageous human action in making space for the miraculous.

This Map Shows Where the Hanukkah Story Happened

See where the events described in the Hanukkah story are believed to have occurred and what they look like now.

Why Do We Eat Latkes on Hanukkah?

These delicious pancakes celebrate the miracle of the oil — but potatoes are a relatively newfangled tradition.

8 Ways to Make Your Hanukkah More Eco-Friendly

Green tips for the Festival of Lights.

How to Make Perfect Latkes for Hanukkah

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

Hanukkah Song and Music Guide

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

Hanukkah Quiz

How much do you know about the Festival of Lights?

What Is A Dreidel?

The iconic Hanukkah game.