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Chanukah How-To

Breeze through Chanukah with a step by step guide on everything from arranging the menorah to the unique holiday customs.

How to Celebrate Chanukah
Quick and Easy Menorah Lighting Instructions
Who lights the menorah, when and how? What are the Chanukah prayers and traditions? This brief Chanukah tutorial will allow you to breeze through the Chanukah menorah-lighting ceremony.
Hanukkah 2023 Calendar
How many candles and what do we say for each night of Chanukah
An overview of the eight days of Chanukah (Hanukkah) - in calendar format.
How to Light the Menorah
Light Up Your Environment!
Breeze through the Chanukah Menorah lighting with a step by step guide on everything from which menorah is kosher to how to arrange and light your own menorah.
Do-It-Yourself Menorah Video
How to light the Chanukah menorah
Simple-to-follow instructions on how to do the mitzvah of lighting the menorah on Chanukah.
Hanukkah Foods
Latkes, Donuts and Cheese
It is customary to eat oily foods and dairy on Chanukah. Find out why...
What to Expect at a Public Menorah Lighting
It’s Chanukah (sometimes spelled “Hanukkah” and pronounced HAH-new-kah), and you are planning on attending a public menorah lighting. Here’s what you need to know.
What to Expect at a Chanukah Party
Of all Jewish events, a Chanukah holiday celebration is probably one of the most flexible, with the most room for creative improvisation, so there are very few hard, fast rules of what to do when. Here are some common elements that you may find:
Chanukah Gelt
Chanukah Money Gifts
During Chanukah it is customary to give gelt (money) to children, so that we can teach them to give some of it to charity...
How to Play Dreidel (Sevivon)
Instructions for the traditional Chanukah spinning-top game
16 Menorah Facts Every Jew Should Know
The word menorah is Hebrew for “lamp,” and generally refers to the eight-branched candelabra that we light on the Jewish holiday of Chanukah.
8 Old and New Chanukah Traditions
Looking to expand beyond the bare-bones basics? Here are 8 deeply meaningful traditions for you and your family to personalize.