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HAPPY HANUKKAH

Hanukkah is a time of lights, dedication, and tradition. The word Hanukkah means “dedicate,” and it honors the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. The holiday follows the Hebrew Calendar and falls on the 25th day of the Kisler, usually in November or December of each year. Hanukkah is additionally a Festival of Lights. It centers around the lighting of the sacred menorah, as well as traditional foods, games, and the giving of gold coins, or sometimes chocolate coins. 

 HISTORY OF HANUKKAH

In the second century before Christ, Jews rose against the Syrians during the Maccabean Revolt. Although the story does not appear in the Torah, it is referenced in the bible where Jesus attends a “Feast of Dedication.” And, in the Books of First and Second Maccabees. Jewish Priest Mattathias and his children led a massive rebellion against Antiochus and the monarchy.

After Mattathias died, his son Judah was successful in driving out the Syrians from Jerusalem. Judah then asked his followers to cleanse the Second Temple, light its menorah, and rebuild the altar. However, there was only enough oil to light the menorah for one day. The Hanukkah miracle occurred when the candles flickered for eight days and nights, just enough time to make more oil for the menorah. The Jewish sages proclaimed a yearly eight-day festival after witnessing this miracle.

MENORAH

The traditional menorah in the story was a gold candelabrum with seven branches. These branches symbolize creation and knowledge and are meant to burn throughout each night. The menorah has the traditional eight candles plus a ninth candle used to light the rest. It is often called a shamash, and it placed in the center and higher than the others. One candle is lit per night, from left to right, with a blessing said before and after each lighting. Jews place the menorah in front of a window or outside.  

CURRENT PRACTICES

Hanukkah, especially in America, has become a tremendous celebration of gift-giving, time with family, and games. 

 

  • Jews often partake in the traditional dreidel game. This game symbolizes when Jews would continue to study and pray even though it was forbidden. They would pretend to play with little toys instead when being watched by the Syrians. 

  • A feast of delicious foods fried in oil is made. Latkes and deep-fried doughnuts with jelly are common. Fried foods represent the oil from the story. 

  • Traditionally, Jews gave money to both children, teachers, and the poor. Gifts were often in the form of gold coins called gelt. Today, other gifts are more common as immigrant Jews adapted to American culture and gift-giving during the holiday time. 

Like many other winter celebrations, Hanukkah emphasizes light in a time of darkness. 

CELEBRATE WITH PRECIOUS METALS

Bullion Exchanges carries many precious metals products for the Hanukkah holiday. Browse our selection of gold from around the world, and give the traditional gift of gold coins. We also carry several religious precious metals bars and coins, including the PAMP Suisse Am Yisrael Chai bars in 1 oz silver, 10-gram silver, 50-gram silver, 5-gram gold, 10-gram gold, 1 oz gold, and 50-gram gold. Additionally, browse the beautiful Israel Tree of Life Gold Coin and 12 oz Gold Salvador Dali 12 Tribes of Israel 12 - Medal Set

Order your coins from Bullion Exchanges today as we celebrate traditional Hanukkah.