Get out the frying pans and candles, because tonight is the 6th night of Hanukkah! Also sometimes spelled Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights commemorates the re-dedication during the second century B.C.E. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. According to legend, when the temple was destroyed during the Maccabean Revolt, its sacred candelabra (menorah) only had enough oil to stay lit for one day... but miraculously it stayed lit for eight days, while they traveled to find a fresh supply.
This miracle is celebrated by lighting a menorah in the home for eight nights, and by eating potato pancakes (latkes) or other treats fried in oil. Families might also exchange gifts, play the dreidel game, and distribute chocolate coins known as "gelt." Whether or not your family celebrates this holiday, you can still join in some of the fun; or at least some good eating, by checking out one of our library books which include both traditional and modernized Jewish recipes. Chag Sameach!
Books to celebrate the Jewish festival of Hanukkah