Monday, December 14, 2020

Hannukah: Simple Resources for Learning about this Holiday

Hanukkah: Simple Resources for Learning
image courtesy lucidwaters


Hanukkah began a few days ago. I have always heard about this holiday, but didn't really know anything about it or the significance of the menorah. So I decided to do a little research this year to find resources for my kids. Naturally, I felt it was a good idea to share with you, too, in case your family is studying world cultures and religions. Below are the resources that I discovered and liked best.

What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. It is also known as the Festival of Lights. 

For many, this explanation isn't very satisfying. SO, I thought it would be best to share this video by BimBam, a YouTube channel that posts Jewish videos that explain the basics of Judaism for adults and kids. It's really very good.


Online Resources, Printables, Recipes

If you're looking for online resources that teach or explore Hanukkah to supplement your own lessons, here are a few that I have enjoyed. But I know there are many others I've probably missed!

Center for Jewish History, NYC, No restrictions, via Wikimedia Commons


Songs in Spanish


The talented musician Nathalia has also posted this video of the Spanish version of the song, "Oh, Chanukah." I think you'll love it. 


Books about Hanukkah for Kids

Here are a few books about Hanukkah that you can find on Amazon or Bookshop. These are affiliate links.

The Story of Hanukkah
by David A. Adler and Jill Weber

on Amazon  |  on Bookshop



Holidays Around the World: Celebrate Hanukkah: With Light, Latkes, and Dreidels
by Deborah Heiligman 

on Amazon  |  on Bookshop



Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins
by Eric A. Kimmel

on Amazon  |  on Bookshop

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