Every Person's Guide to Hanukkah

Jason Aronson, Inc., 2001

Hanukkah, although considered a minor holiday, rabbinically speaking, is one of the most widely-observed Jewish holidays. Its celebration is joyful, centering on lights, presents, games, and tasty foods. It commemorates the historic struggle of the Jews against pagan forces at the time of the religious persecutions by the Greco-Syrians, a struggle which proved decisive in forming the character of the Jewish people. The great Maccabean victories eventually led to the religious freedom and national independence of the Jews, inspiring many subsequent generations to face persecution with triumphant courage.

This book presents the history of the festival of Hanukkah, its rituals, customs, laws, legends, stories, songs, and creative celebration.

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