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What is Chanukah and When Do We Celebrate It?

The name ‘Chanukah’ means ‘dedication’. The name commemorates the rededication of the Temple. An alternate explanation is that the word 'chanukah' consists of two parts: ‘Chanu’ means ‘they rested’ and ‘kah’ means ‘twenty five’. This recalls the day when the fighting stopped and the Temple was rededicated. 

Chanukah is referred to as ‘The Festival of Lights’ or by another name, ‘Chag HaUrim’. This name describes the main features of Chanukah, which involves the lighting of a chanukiah (a candelabrum with nine lights). We celebrate Chanukah for eight days, from the 25th of Kislev.

Chanukah Candle Lighting dates for 2012 (5773)

IMAGE: Chanukah Candle 1      Light 1st candle
Saturday evening December 8, 2012

IMAGE: Chanukah Candle 2      Light 2nd candle    Sunday evening December 9, 2012   
IMAGE: Chanukah Candle 3      Light 3rd candle    Monday evening December 10, 2012

IMAGE: Chanukah Candle 4      Light 4th candle    Tuesday evening December 11, 2012

IMAGE: Chanukah Candle 5      Light 5th candle    Wednesday evening December 12, 2012

IMAGE: Chanukah Candle 6      Light 6th candle    Thursday evening December 13, 2012

IMAGE: Chanukah Candle 7      Light 7th candle    Friday evening December 14, 2012

IMAGE: Chanukah Candle 8      Light 8th candle    Saturday evening December 15, 2012

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