The Days of the week are named for the ancient gods/planets. There are 5 planets visible to the naked eye from the earth, plus the sun and the moon, that make up the pantheon of 7: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.
Hanukkah (Chanukah) is from December 20-28 this year, which is a little later than usual. That means, if you're looking to get creative with your menorah this year, there's still plenty of time! I've found 5 clever (or at least fun) ideas.
Hanukkah and the Light of Creation. Did you know over the full eight days of Hanukkah (Festival of Lights), 36 lights are lit on each hanukkiah (menorah of 9 lights) ? Also the number 36 has great mystical meaning in Jewish tradition.
Happy Hanukkah, #Boston Chanukah (Hanukkah) is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and foods. The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication,” and is thus named because it celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple. Hanukkah 2016 is from December 24 to January 1.
Hanukkah (meaning “dedication” in Hebrew) commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. When they went to light the menorah, they found only a single cruse of blessed olive oil. The one-day supply miraculously burned for eight days, until new oil could be prepared. Today practicing Jewish families celebrate the miracle of Hanukkah by lighting their own household menorahs, eating foods fried in oil, and spending time with loved ones. But unlike its other seasonal counterparts…