The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah (also known by a host of other spellings) usually falls out in late November to late December and lasts for 8 days. The most common custom associated with this festival, sometime referred to as the Festival of Lights, is lighting a nine-branched menorah; on each of the 8 nights, an additional candle is lit until all eight candles are lit together on the final night. Other customs include singing Hanukkah songs, playing games with dreidels (a four-sided spinning top with a Hebrew letter on each side) and eating oil-based foods, such as latkes, donuts with different fillings called sufganiyot.
Here are some enlightening appearances of this holiday in AJHS’s holdings. Happy Hanukkah!