Chanukah

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Chanukah, meaning “dedication” in Hebrew,
refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Maccabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and “re-dedication” of the Temple in Jerusalem.

The modern home celebration of Chanukah centers around the lighting of the hanukkiah, a special menorah for Chanukah; unique foods, latkes and jelly doughnuts; and special songs and games.