Chanukah Resources December 25, 2024 – January 2, 2025
25 Kislev – 2 Tevet 5785

This Chanukah, light up your celebration with AJWS's resources — readings, activities and more to enrich your family's holiday.

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Chanukah — the Festival of Light — tells the story of the revolt led by a small band of Jews, the Maccabees, to free themselves from their Greek rulers. Against all odds, the Jews defeated the Greeks and were able to reclaim their land and holy temple. Today, we light candles to commemorate the Chanukah miracle of how a tiny supply of oil burned bright and lit up the Holy Temple for eight days. But Chanukah is also a holiday in which we, like the ancient Jews sanctifying the temple, rededicate ourselves to living by our values.

From the Sources

Dive into these Jewish text studies to explore how Chanukah is tied to social justice today.