Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore about Chanukah
the Jewish Festival of Lights
Dec 08 : 03 days till Chanukah
Did you know that the heroes of the Chanukah story are known as the Hasmoneans or, more commonly, as the Maccabees?
They were a rebel army led by four brothers, the sons of Mattathias the Cohen, a Jew from the priestly class.
Did you know that the term Maccabee comes from the Hebrew word for hammer?
Legend tells that the Maccabees struck a hammer-like blow against their Grecian enemies.
Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is a celebration of the victory of the Maccabees and the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple. It also commemorates the miracle of the oil that burned for 8 days. Jewish people mark this eight-day holiday by lighting the menorah, an eight-branched candelabra, and eating foods fried in oil such as potato latkes and jelly donuts. Join us for a new Did You Know? each day as we count down to Chanukah.
Chanukah, Hanukkah, Hanaka — no matter how you spell it — the fun begins at sundown on Friday December 11th.