Hanukkah creates opportunities for families to celebrate their heritage – especially in the kitchen.
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Multicultural Jewish families and Jews of color are innovating food-centered holidays to bring their whole selves to the table.
Lots of families wrestle with how – and whether – to celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas.
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Figuring out whether to celebrate holidays, and how, is tricky for lots of interfaith families – but thoughtful communication makes a difference.
The lighting of the National Menorah in Washington, D.C. in 2012.
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Every president since Jimmy Carter has recognized Hanukkah with a special menorah lighting ceremony.
A Jewish woman lights a candle for the festival of Hanukkah at the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem.
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The Jewish festival of Hanukkah, which in 2022 begins on the evening of Dec. 18, focuses on the story of the male Maccabees. But women are also heroes in histories from that era, including Judith and Hannah.
President Donald Trump speaks during a Hanukkah reception at the White House in 2019.
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For much of American history, the only December holiday to be recognized in the White House was Christmas, but menorah lightings are now an annual tradition.
Menorahs have now become ubiquitous features around the world during Hanukkah, from Berlin to New York to Melbourne.
Giving small gifts to children has become common around the world, though nowhere has Hanukkah reached the level of commercialisation that it has in the US.
Hanukkah demands fewer religious rituals than most other Jewish observances.
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Despite the primacy of Christmas in American culture, the visibility of Hanukkah in pop culture reminds Jews that they have their own holiday in which they can take pride.
In the United States, Hanukkah has gained much significance.
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Hanukkah is ranked one of Judaism’s minor festivals, but its popularity in the US has a lot to do with America’s Jews trying to fight assimilation into a culture that welcomed them.
For the African-American community, Kwanzaa is not just any “Black holiday. ” It is a recognition that knowledge of Black history is worthwhile.
Hanukkah was instituted in 164 B.C. to celebrate military victory, but the meaning has changed over time with the circumstances of the Jewish people.
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For those wondering whether it is sinful to drink, even moderately, a scholar goes into the history of alcohol and its distillation to show how early monks and priests contributed to it.