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Hanukkah

(Encyclopedia) Hanukkah khä´nəkə, –no͝okä [key], in Judaism, the Festival of Lights, the Feast of Consecration, or the Feast of the Maccabees ; also transliterated Chanukah. According to tradit...

Hanukkah

The Festival of Lights Hannukah Dates (from sundown to sundown of the following dates) 2016 Dec. 24-Jan. 1 2017 Dec. 12-D…

Chanukah

(Encyclopedia) Chanukah: see Hanukkah .

hallel

(Encyclopedia) hallel həlāl´, hăl´ĕl [key] [Heb.,=praise], in Judaism, Psalms 113 to 118, sung every morning of Hanukkah, at the Passover service, and at the morning service of most major Jewish holida...

feast

(Encyclopedia) feast, commemorative banquet symbolizing communal unity. Generally associated with primitive rituals and later with religious practices, feasts may also commemorate such events as births, marri...

Gaster, Moses

(Encyclopedia) Gaster, Moses gäs´tər [key], 1856–1939, Romanian Jewish scholar and writer, b. Bucharest. Expelled (1885) from Romania for championing the Jewish cause, he went to England and was lecture...

lamp

(Encyclopedia) lamp, originally a vessel for holding oil or some combustible substance that could be burned through a wick for illumination; the term has been extended to other lighting devices. Stones, shell...

Maccabees

(Encyclopedia) Maccabees or Machabees both: măk´əbēz [key], Jewish family of the 2d and 1st cent. BC that brought about a restoration of Jewish political and religious life. They are also called H...