How to Make Large Outdoor Menorah

Last year (2011) I told Avi that I would like a large outdoor menorah to put in our yard for Chanukkah. When we were at Sukkot last year, friends (the Jennings Family) brought a large outdoor 7 branched menorah that they had made. We both liked it and said we should make one to use [Read On]

Dreidel – Springboard for Learning the Hebrew Aleph Bet

Did you know that you can use the simple children’s top we call a “dreidel” as a springboard for learning the Hebrew Aleph Bet? It’s a great way to start learning the letters of the Hebrew alphabet or “aleph bet.” The simple spinning top that in Hebrew is called a sevivon and in yiddish a [Read On]

Childrens Chanukkah Craft Ideas

Here are a variety of childrens chanukkah craft ideas that we found online at: Arts Helping Children Below you will find Chanukkah Crafts Arts and Crafts Projects Ideas for your Kids….Many Hanukkah Crafts for your Children How to Make Hanukkah Dreidel Gift Boxes Step by Step – These Hanukkah dreidel gift boxes are fun to make [Read On]

The Origin of the Dreidel

This is a reprint of the article entitled, Dreidel by Rabbi David Golinkin. See bottom of the article for complete credits. The well-known Hanukkah symbol has European roots. By Rabbi David Golinkin Most of the laws of Hanukkah are related to the lighting of the menorah or hanukkiyah; however, in this article we shall describe some of [Read On]

Chanukkah Info Search Answers

Here are the answers to Parts 1 and 3 of the Chanukkah Info Search. The questions for Part 2 have many possible answers. They were included as study questions to spark research, discussion and prayer. Part One 1.   In what historical books can we find the story of Chanukkah ? The main references are: 1 Maccabees [Read On]

Chanukkah Info Search

The Chanukkah Info Search is a learning and discovery activity for adults, teens or families so that you can learn more about this Hebraic Holiday. Part One 1.   In what historical books can we find the story of Chanukkah ? 2.   What is the Apocrypha? 3.   How often will there be a Rosh Chodesh (New Moon) on the [Read On]

Chanukkah – How Do You Spell It?

Did you ever notice that people spell the word Chanukkah many different ways? Did you ever wonder why? Well I did, and I went looking for the answer to why there are different hanukkah spellings that are used in the English language, this is what I learned. Chanukkah is a Hebrew word meaning Dedication. When [Read On]

The Miracle of the Oil and Remnant

This article, The Miracle of the Oil and the Remnant is a reprint of the original article by James Scott Trimm ~ from the book: Channukah and the Last Days. It is presented here in its entirety and you can find the original article web address at the conclusion of the article text. We include [Read On]

Potato Latke Recipe

Oh I just love Potato Latkes! We eat them throughout the year not just at Chanukkah. I like to eat them with sour cream on top that is sprinkled with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper. Sometimes I like to eat Potato Latkes with applesauce on the side. We prefer our latkes to be somewhat [Read On]

Josephus On Hanukkah

The following article is by G J Goldberg about Hanukkah and the Festival of Lights The original article can be found here Hanukkah The Festival of the Dedication, The Festival of Lights by G. J. Goldberg Introduction The Books of the Maccabees, which record the origins of the Hanukkah story and of the Hasmonean [Read On]

SUKKOT – Yeshua and the Festival of Lights

We are reposting this article by James Trimm about the connection between Sukkot and Hanukkah or the Festival of Lights. Originally posted at: SUKKOT: Yeshua and the Festival of Lights by James Scott Trimm From the Hebraic Roots Commentary to Yochanan (John) 8:12 I am the light of the world. He who follows me [Read On]

Festival of Lights: Sukkot & Hanukkah

Paris, France may be the modern world’s City of Lights but did you know that Jerusalem was once called the City of Lights? This was common knowledge to the ancient world surrounding Yisrael. During the Feast of Sukkot, Jerusalem was well known as the City of Lights and this festival was known as “The Festival of [Read On]

Chanukkah for Children Internet Resources: Teaching, Craft and Activity Ideas

Here are a few internet resources for children:   Printable Worksheets, word games, etc   Children’s Book list and craft ideas For Fun   More things Here – you will just have to do a search for childrens activities, etc. from these Jewish websites [Read On]

Adult Chanukkah Teachings & Resources

Here is a list of various adult chanukkah teachings & resources that we have gleaned from the internet: Book of Maccabees 1 – here is the New Revised Standard Version Book of Maccabees 2 – here is the New Revised Standard Version Josephus in his Antiquities, Book 12 and Book 13 Talmud (tractate shabbat 21b) [Read On]


The Women Who Saved the Day Reprinted from It is not clearly known when the story which we are about to tell actually took place. The story first appeared in a very ancient book named after the heroine, Yehudit (Judith), and it was written in Hebrew. However, the original text was lost, and only [Read On]