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Traveling This Chanukah? 5 Things to Remember!

Traveling This Chanukah? 5 Things to Remember!


1. Pack a Menorah

Credit: Judaica of Great Neck
Credit: Judaica of Great Neck

At very least, take with you a box of candles and a simple menorah stand. If you want to go all the way, we recommend those neat, ready-made cups with oil and wicks that you can bring with minimal mess (as well as eight beeswax candles for the shamash). Forgot to pack a menorah? See if you can get tea lights for a perfectly kosher alternative. Line them up in a row and put one candle on top of something small for a shamash. You can light the menorah in your hotel room, just as you would at home.

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2. Go Local

Thousands attended the menorah lighting at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, despite near-freezing temperatures. (Photo: David Osipov)
Thousands attended the menorah lighting at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, despite near-freezing temperatures. (Photo: David Osipov)

Locate your closest Chabad-Lubavitch center and make reservations for Chanukah parties, outdoor menorah-lightings and whatever else they may be planning. From Aruba to Alaska, from Madrid to Melbourne, you can count on a public menorah-lighting ceremony and more. Besides giving your Jewish soul some joy, you’ll be experiencing an authentic local tradition.

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3. Feed Your Soul

They may not be a mitzvah, but traditional foods have a way of evoking special feelings and memories like nothing else. Even if you won’t be anywhere near a kosher bakery or in the position to fry up some hot potato latkes, you can still savor the oily sweetness of Chanukah with some packaged doughnuts from the kosher supermarket back home. A quick phone call to Franczoz Bakery in Brooklyn, N.Y., tells us that their legendary doughnuts can last at least a week.

Just for fun: Check our mouthwatering collection of Chanukah recipes.

4. Do It Yourself

(Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90)
(Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90)

It’s at times like this one when Jews sometimes feel lonely isolated in a sea of red, green and gold. Even if you’re on a cruise in middle of the Atlantic Ocean or in one of those rare locations without proximity to a Chabad center, you can send out feelers to fellow travelers. You’ll be delighted to discover members of the tribe with whom to celebrate Chanukah.

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5. Go to the Top

Las Vegas awash in even more light from these menorahs.
Las Vegas awash in even more light from these menorahs.

If you’ll be road-tripping this Chanukah, consider outfitting your car with a menorah that affixes right to the roof (and lights up, to boot). You’ll be spreading the Chanukah message wherever you go, and you’re sure to get lots of waves, smiles, cheers, and, depending where you go, some curious stares.

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Anonymous December 25, 2016

Menorah lighting when away We had a child's wedding on Chanukah and were informed by a Rav that in order to light at the place the wedding was being held, we would have to sleep overnight at the hotel; it was not enough just to be eating the wedding meal at the hotel. Also, any of our guests who wanted to light would have to stay overnight at the hotel in order to fulfill the mitzvah of lighting their own menorah. We had thought we could share in the mitzvah by getting our guests to light a menorah there but were told they would have to light in their own homes. Reply

Susan Levitsky December 23, 2016

We always travelled with our menorah I have a small menorah to take away on Chanukah trips. When we used to stay in motels, Jews walking by would stop to join us in lighting. Once on a Princess cruise in the 90s, when the norm was RC priest chaplains, I took my menorah and was going to ask him to put a note in the bulletin that we wanted others to join us. Much to my surprise, the chaplain was a Rabbi, who invited us to the lighting and to bring our own if we had one. There were 38 menorahs one night. Strangely, there were fewer when we went on a Disney ship. My motto is; never leave home without a menorah over Chanukah. Reply

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