Hanukkah

This is a permanent exhibit.

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday commemorating the successful Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid king who had refused the Jews the right to practice their religion. The rededication of the Temple is celebrated every year, generally in December, for eight consecutive days. On each day of the holiday an additional candle is lit in an eight-branched candleholder or Hanukkiyah. The ninth candle, the “helper” is used for lighting the other candles. Traditionally, families would gather at Hanukkah to play dreidel, which involves spinning a four-sided top.

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