Hanukkah (sometimes spelled “Chanukah”) is known as the Feastival of Lights, a Jewish holiday that commemorates Israel’s freedom from the oppressive Syrian-Greek rule and the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. That is why in Hebrew, the word “hanukkah” means “dedication.”
Hanukkah falls on the twenty-fifth day of the Jewish month of Kislev and begins in thie year at sunset on Thesday December 20, 2011. Its celebration continues next days and finishes at nightfall on December 29, 2011.
Most Hanukkah traditions take place at home. Each night we light menorah or hanukkiah, we play dreidel, and we sing songs. Hanukkah has also become a popular gift-giving holiday.
Meet at Eakins Oval (At the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, just in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art) for a 100 car, Truck, Hummer, Fire Truck, Ferrari, Limo and Minivan Menorah parade. The parade will end at 5th and Market Independance Menorah for a lighting and Latkes celebration. To reserve your car roof menorah contact us: info@LubavitchHouse.com
The eight-day festival of Chanukah is a commemorartion of the miracle of the oil (see “Today in Jewish History” for Kislev 25) we kindle the Chanukah lights — oil lamps or candles — each evening for eight days, increasing the number of lights each evening.
On the 1st night of Chanukah, we recite three blessings before lighting; for text and audio of the blessings, click here.
For a more detailed guide to Chanukah lighting click here.