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Chanukah Gelt - Where does the custom of "Chanukah gelt" (of giving money to children) come from? My understanding is that the practice of giving presents is adapted from the non-Jewish holidays which occur in the same... More
December Dilemma - Every year I am challenged as a mother by the proximity of Chanukah to Christmas, especially in a year like this where the two actually coincide. How can our candles possible compete with their stunning... More
Dreidel Game - I read that some students in New York beat the world record for dreidel spinning, with 618 people simultaneously spinning dreidels. As a kid I remember playing a game where everyone spins a dreidel and... More
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Chanukah Candles

Eight Miraculous Days - My daughter came home from school with this question, and I don't have anybody to answer it: Why is the first night of Chanukah also considered a miracle if there was originally enough oil to burn for... More
Electric Menorah - Can an electric menorah with light bulbs be used during Chanukah? More
Number of Branches on Menorah - I'm confused. My Chanukah menorah has 9 branches, but the Menorah in our synagogue has 7. Why the difference? More
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History

Greek Defilement - During the war against the Maccabees, why did the Greeks make such an effort to attack the Holy Temple in Jerusalem? More
Matisyahu - I'm a big fan of Matisyahu, the chassidic reggae singer. What is the origins of his name? More
Women in the Chanukah Story - In the Chanukah story, did the women have any part of the fighting? What was their role? More

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