This is the first of likely two or three relevant megathreads over the next month before Chanukah is upon us.
We weren’t planning on making the megathreads this early, but given the weekend’s influx of Channukah-related posts we felt that such a thread would be worthwhile to answer some of the more common or basic questions, comments, or advice. However, this is NOT in any way meant to limit the number of otherwise Hanuka-related posts standing alone on the sub as we approach what will be for many Jews around the world, an uncomfortably familiar (by now) experience. Even in countries that have COVID-19 under control, or ones who thought they did, Jews all over the globe are navigating this holiday a bit differently than usual, with no (or, more realistically, fewer and smaller) parties and possibly a less warm celebration in this coldest of seasons.
However, that doesn’t mean that you’ll be alone this year for this most candle-lit time of our year. Ask questions and share ideas here to help your fellow Jews the world over spin sivivon and gorge themselves on oily shredded potatoes and fruit-filled sugarbread with as much mindful community as possible.
Hanukkah starts on the evening of Sunday, 28 November and runs through Monday, 06 December. For those using a more . . . traditional calendar, it’s from 25 Kislev to 2 Tevet.
Hag haUrim (Festival of Lights) celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean Rebellion (not these Maccabees) against the Seleucid Empire (when it doubt, blame the Hellenists.)
Some resources to further introduce the holiday:
These links were from a quick consultation with Rav Google (and just knowing some good resources). There are many, many resources about Channukka out there. If you have any to add to this list, please share below.
Last year’s posts:
And of course, the havura of Reddit is here for you this Hanukka season. You are not alone this year. We are all in this together, and will be together again next year, in Jerusalem.
Edit: fixed the date for the holiday, thanks to u/Sewsusie15