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Hanukkah 2012 in Lexington

Celebrate the Festival of Lights in Lexington with fun events and delicious recipes.

 

This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends a week later on Sunday, Dec. 16.

According to Chabad.org, Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and lasts for eight days. For those of us who aren't attuned to the Jewish calendar, that translates to sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8. 

Among the temples in the Lexington area:

Temple Isaiah of of Lexington -- view their calendar here.

Temple Emunah -- take a look at their calendar here.

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates the story of the Maccabean Revolt against Syrian rulers in present day Israel 2,300 years ago. The Maccabees wanted to rededicate Jerusalem's main temple but had only enough oil to kindle the Eternal Light for one day. The oil lasted for eight days, according to the story, and the holiday of Hanukkah was born.

Today, Jews generally celebrate by gathering together with family, lighting one candle on the menorah each of the eight nights, playing dreidel and eating special holiday foods such as potato latkes and babka.

TELL US: If you observe Hanukkah, what are your plans?

Deb Weiner December 08, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Last night, as part of a holiday celebration at First Parish in Lexington, I served latkes, carrot tzimmes, chicken, salad, and challah (and sufganiyah for dessert) to 55 people. It was a lot of frying, but it was great fun! -- Debbie Weiner Soule, The Delicious Dish - http://www.deliciousdishlex.com

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