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News and updates about Hanukkah

Poland:

Lawmaker who extinguished Hanukkah candles charged

Polish lawmaker who used a fire extinguisher to put out Hanukkah candles in parliament accused of insulting people on religious grounds.

Lawmaker who extinguished Hanukkah candles charged

Poland:

Lawmaker who put out Hanukkah candles loses immunity

Poland's parliament votes to remove immunity of lawmaker who used a fire extinguisher to put out Hanukkah candles in December.

Lawmaker who put out Hanukkah candles loses immunity

Chabad rekindles menorah in Polish parliament

After Polish politician Gzregorz Braun sprayed a menorah in the Polish parliament with a fire extinguisher, Chabad relit the menorah today.

Chabad rekindles menorah in Polish parliament

Hanukkah lessons for our time

In order for our victory over our enemies to be complete, we need a detailed practical path for its realization

Hanukkah lessons for our time

'Sowing Sovereignty in Gaza' - in the Gush Katif Museum

Sovereignty Movement hosts seminar in Gush Katif Museum, aiming to imbue future Israeli leadership with awareness of heartland's importance.

'Sowing Sovereignty in Gaza' - in the Gush Katif Museum

Watch: Festive Hanukkah prayers with Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu of Tzfat holds festive prayers marking last day of Hanukkah, with songs, dance, and music. Watch.

Watch: Festive Hanukkah prayers with Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu

US menorahs vandalized in multiple incidents of hate crimes

Menorahs across the US are vandalized as Jewish communities celebrate Hanukkah amid a spike in antisemitism.

US menorahs vandalized in multiple incidents of hate crimes

Chanukkah 2023 Modern Day Maccabees

Ask yourself, are you a Jew? Then you are part of our people. Hamas wants to destroy you. Our brave soldiers will defend you.

Chanukkah 2023   Modern Day Maccabees

The Parsha and Current Events: The dreams of kings

There are many scenarios but all will center around our prophets’ predictions that under Hashem, we will be the torchbearers of a new era,

The Parsha and Current Events: The dreams of kings

Netherlands: Mayor refuses to be seen near Israeli ambassador

Dutch mayor refuses to be photographed with Israeli ambassador at Hanukkah event, setting off media frenzy.

Netherlands: Mayor refuses to be seen near Israeli ambassador

Chief of Staff:

'Commanders who fell in battle are an expression of our spirit'

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi lights Hanukkah candles with injured IDF soldiers at Sheba Hospital: The actions you took are true heroism.

'Commanders who fell in battle are an expression of our spirit'

Over 1000 menorah distributed to IDF soldiers in Samaria

The Samaria Regional Brigade organized concerts, lectures, baking workshops, and tours for the reservists celebrating away from home.

Over 1000 menorah distributed to IDF soldiers in Samaria

Amid war in Ukraine, Europe's largest menorah lit in Kyiv

Ambassadors to Ukraine from around the world attend lighting of menorah in Ukrainian capital.

Amid war in Ukraine, Europe's largest menorah lit in Kyiv

Netanyahu lights Hanukkah candles with IDF soldiers

PM Netanyahu visits Shaldag Unit, Unit 669, at Palmahim Air Force Base. 'Entire world is watching this war, wanting to know who will win.'

Netanyahu lights Hanukkah candles with IDF soldiers

Did US Vice President's husband 'invent' the Hanukkah story?

Kamala Harris's husband criticized for not posting 'the real Hanukkah story.' He deleted the post.

Did US Vice President's husband 'invent' the Hanukkah story?

IDF's Hanukkah message: 'Now is our turn'

Watch: IDF's message to the world in wake of the war and in light of the festival of Hanukkah.

IDF's Hanukkah message: 'Now is our turn'

Biden at Hanukkah reception:

'You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist and I’m a Zionist'

Biden hosts annual Hanukkah celebration at the White House: We will provide military assistance to Israel until they get rid of Hamas.

'You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist and I’m a Zionist'

Leading haredi rabbi: 'Don't hold large parties'

'Holding large parties at the present time may cause a desecration of G-d's Name,' Rabbi Yitzhak Zilberstein warns.

Leading haredi rabbi: 'Don't hold large parties'

The world’s most famous menorah continues to dispel the darkness

The Nazi flag says “Yehuda will die.” The Hanukkah lights say: “Yehuda will live forever.”

The world’s most famous menorah continues to dispel the darkness

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Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu leads Hanukkah prayers with music and song

Hundreds of evacuees from Sderot pray the morning prayer, sing Hallel, with Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu.

Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu leads Hanukkah prayers with music and song

Gallant lights Hanukkah candles with hostages' families

Defense Minister to the families: May the Hanukkah candles illuminate the future and we will be able to see all the hostages return.

Gallant lights Hanukkah candles with hostages' families

The Hanukkah "Conceptsia"

In Israel we are one nation – not outside of it where we are dry scattered bones of Ezekiel’s prophecy waiting to be resurrected to life.

The Hanukkah "Conceptsia"

Jewish community in Egypt:

'Jewish community will not celebrate Hanukkah at the synagogue'

Cairo Jewish community decided not to celebrate Hanukkah at the synagogue, due to increased display of antisemitism since beginning of war.

'Jewish community will not celebrate Hanukkah at the synagogue'

Special Menorahs for soldiers in Gaza

Children of the communities evacuated from the southern and northern borders decorated 800 menorahs for IDF soldiers in Gaza.

Special Menorahs for soldiers in Gaza

Hanukkah candle lighting remains for generations

In the miracle of the oil flask, the eternal virtue of the Torah was revealed.

Hanukkah candle lighting remains for generations

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Jerusalem school prays for IDF soldiers

The Chabad school of the Givati Mordechai neighborhood in Jerusalem created a musical clip of a Hanukkah prayer for IDF soldiers.

Jerusalem school prays for IDF soldiers

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Astronaut celebrates Hanukkah in space

Jasmin Moghbeli wishes Earthlings a happy Hanukkah from the International Space Station, where real candles are not allowed.

Astronaut celebrates Hanukkah in space

Biden on Hanukkah:

'Even a little bit of light can dispel the darkness'

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff on first night of Hanukkah: Even in darkness, we can bring forth the light.

'Even a little bit of light can dispel the darkness'

Moving:

Freed hostage Amit Shani lights Hanukkah candles

Families of hostages lit the “Hostages' Menorah” with 138 candles, representing all the hostages held captive by Hamas in Gaza.

Freed hostage Amit Shani lights Hanukkah candles

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Zelenskyy lights Hanukkah candles in his office

Ukrainian President lights the first Hanukkah candle in his office together with Chabad emissaries who also serve as rabbis of local cities.

Zelenskyy lights Hanukkah candles in his office

UK Defense Sec. joins Israeli DM for Hanukkah candlelighting

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant hosts UK Secretary of State for Defence Grant Shapps exactly 2 months after Hamas massacre.

UK Defense Sec. joins Israeli DM for Hanukkah candlelighting

The three blessings of the first night of Hanukkah

May we quickly merit to see light triumph over darkness.

The three blessings of the first night of Hanukkah

The Hanukkah candle of the Little Prince

We must ask ourselves what the light of Hanukkah means to us.

The Hanukkah candle of the Little Prince

DJ: Raphi:

'We came to repel the darkness on Hanukkah'

Entertainer DJ Raphi partners with the children of Sderot and southern Israel for music video marking start of Hanukkah.

'We came to repel the darkness on Hanukkah'

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Giant menorah erected in center of Gaza

The menorah towers 14 meters (46 feet) above the battlefield.

Giant menorah erected in center of Gaza

First night of Hanukkah: One candle or eight?

Hillel sees the world as it is; Shammai sees the world as it should be. In our imperfect world, we follow Hillel’s rulings, but one day....

First night of Hanukkah: One candle or eight?

Not an easy victory for the Maccabees either

In reality, the clashes between the Maccabees and the Greeks lasted 27 years of an extremely bloody and cruel war. We will need less, be"H.

Not an easy victory for the Maccabees either

Jewish group demands Virginia menorah lighting be reinstated

SWC, a human rights NGO, calls decision to cancel public menorah lighting 'an act of pure antisemitism.'

Jewish group demands Virginia menorah lighting be reinstated

Greetings from King Antiochus:

Researchers find rooftiles from Hanukkah period

The most ancient rooftiles found in Israel were brought during the period Greek Seleucid king Antiochus IV & uncovered in the City of David.

Researchers find rooftiles from Hanukkah period

Canadian city walks back decision not to display menorah

Mayor of Moncton, New Brunswick, admits mistake in deciding not to display menorah outside city hall during Hanukkah.

Canadian city walks back decision not to display menorah

After 20 years:

Canadian city won't display menorah outside city hall

Moncton, New Brunswick, cites desire to "separate church from state" as reason for decision to cancel display of menorah outside city hall.

Canadian city won't display menorah outside city hall

Ukraine:

Photos of Israeli hostages to be included in Hanukkah kits

Thousands of Hanukkah kits will be given out in Ukraine - with pictures of the Israeli kidnapped in Gaza.

Photos of Israeli hostages to be included in Hanukkah kits

Antisemitism in Oregon:

Cops investigating after menorah defaced 2 times in one week

Medford police make arrest in 1st incident but still looking for whoever attacked menorah for 2nd time, damaging it beyond repair.

Cops investigating after menorah defaced 2 times in one week

Man who vandalized Denver apt complex during Hanukkah arrested

Dozens of apartment doors and elevator defaced with antisemitic graffiti, including swastikas and the word 'die.'

Man who vandalized Denver apt complex during Hanukkah arrested

A Hanukkah Carol

From the ghost of Hanukkah past all the way to the ghost of Hanukkah future, an American Jew has a look at American Jewry today Story.

A Hanukkah Carol

Quarter-million visit Western Wall during Hanukkah

Western Wall Heritage Foundation says this was the busiest Hanukkah at the Western Wall in years despite rain storms on final days.

Quarter-million visit Western Wall during Hanukkah

Hanukkah Summary

Multi manifestations of miracles.

Hanukkah Summary

A remarkable silver dreidel collection

A beautiful collection of Hanukkah tops, with all you need to know about this traditional game.

 A remarkable silver dreidel collection

Eight thoughts for eight nights (8)

When you use one lit candle to light another, neither is diminished. So it is with our spreading inner light and studying Torah.

Eight thoughts for eight nights (8)

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Hanukkah candle lighting at the Western Wall

US ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides joins event marking the last day of the Hanukkah festival.

Hanukkah candle lighting at the Western Wall

IDF letter to soldiers links Hanukkah to Christmas

Lt.-Col. Tzachi Revivo writes letter to Northern Command soldiers describing Christmas, says like Hanukkah it is a 'holiday of light.'

IDF letter to soldiers links Hanukkah to Christmas

Eight thoughts for eight nights (6 and 7)

In Judaism the greatest military victory takes second place to peace in the home..

Eight thoughts for eight nights (6 and 7)

This was a special Shabbat

We had a rare Shabbat on which we read from three Torah scrolls, and tomorrow is still Rosh Chodesh. A time of joy and contemplation.

This was a special Shabbat

Manhattan ice menorah smashed in overnight antisemitic attack

Chabad sidewalk menorah made of carved ice smashed to bits in 'malicious and intentional act.'

Manhattan ice menorah smashed in overnight antisemitic attack

California town targeted with antisemitic flyers during Hanukkah

Modesto residents near city's only synagogue discover antisemitic flyers on their driveways on third day of Hanukkah.

California town targeted with antisemitic flyers during Hanukkah

Zelenskyy - modern day Judah Maccabee?

Biden wished Ukraine's Jewish President a 'Happy Hanukkah' and compared his struggle to that of the Maccabees.

Zelenskyy - modern day Judah Maccabee?

The essence of Light: Miketz, Hanukkah, and Rosh Chodesh Tevet:

This year 5783, as occurs about one-third of the time, Shabbat Parashat Miketz falls on Rosh Chodesh Tevet which is on Hanukkah..And...

The essence of Light: Miketz, Hanukkah, and Rosh Chodesh Tevet:

NGOs launch Hanukkah programs to bring holiday joy to the elderly

Tzohar Rabbinical Organization and ALEH launch program encouraging people with elderly neighbors to light Hanukkah candles together.

NGOs launch Hanukkah programs to bring holiday joy to the elderly

The Parsha and Current Events: Mondial, Hanukkah & Us

Jews wake up! Get serious! Make your lives meaningful!

The Parsha and Current Events: Mondial, Hanukkah & Us

Eight thoughts for eight nights (5)

Inspired by faith, we can change the world.

Eight thoughts for eight nights (5)