What is Hanukkah?
Hanukkah is one of the most beautiful Jewish holidays, it commemorates the win of the Maccabees against the Greeks’ impositions of their Gods, even after the whole city was destructed. The lighting of the candles comes from the miracle of the Menorah that kept its light for eight days with oil for only one. It lasts for 8 days and every day a new candle of a Menorah is lit, it’s especially beautiful in Israel, where anywhere you are, when it’s time to light a candle everyone comes together to sing and light the candles.
Traditions of Hanukkah
There are many traditions on Hannukah, the most common one is the lighting of the candles, families in Israel and the world come together and host people to light the candles and sing traditional songs. It is also very common to eat fried foods, specially Sufganiot (or filled doughnuts), so prepare to find the most delicious treats during this time.
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Surviving Hanukkah in Israel
Like on Shabbat and other Holidays, the first and last days of Hanukkah kosher bars and restaurants are closed and there is no public transportation.
Events in Tel Aviv
Hanukkah is a widely celebrated festival in Israel, with loads of parties and communal candle-lighting, and lots of donuts. Check our guide for loads of cool ideas!