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It’s time for Hanukkah!

November 30, 2010

by Sarah Van Zanten

As Adam Sandler once said, “Put on your yamikah, cause here comes Hanukkah!” Hanukkah is the festival of lights, an eight-day festival beginning on the 25th day of Kislev (on the Jewish Calendar).  This year the holiday begins at sundown on Thursday, Dec. 2.

Hanukkah is a celebration of the miracle that happened at the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.  With very little oil left, miraculously the lamp stayed lit for eight days and nights, when there was only enough to last one day.

The Hanukkah menorah contains nine candle holders.  Eight of these candles are meant to be lit one for each of the eight nights, until all are lit on the eighth night. The ninth holder is for the Shamash, the helper candle, which is used to light the others.  Hanukkah traditions range from playing dreidle to eating Latkes.

Chapman University Hillel has organized eight nights of fun celebrations open to all.  To find out about the Latke eating contest or the candle lighting ceremony in the Orange Plaza visit the Hillel Hanukkah Event page.

Again, remember what the wise Adam Sandler said — “It’s so much fun-akkah to celebrate Hanukkah… have a happy, happy, happy, happy Hanukkah!”

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