My husband comes from a Christian family, but we’ve decided to raise our family Jewish. With Hanukkah coming up, we were wondering about putting Hanukkah lights up on our house, like my husband used to do. What are the customs around that?
In honor of the eight nights of Hanukkah and the once-in-a-lifetime night of Thanksgivukkah, we’ve compiled a list of seven other rarities that accompany our favorite holiday hybrid on the list of true never-gonna-happen-again occurrences.
It’s customary (although certainly not required) to exchange presents on Hanukkah, which means that this Nov. 28, American Jewish families will have until nightfall to turn their tryptophan-induced exhaustion into gift-induced excitement.
You’ve probably heard of Judah and the Maccabees, but what about Judith? At one time, the story of Judith—a young widow who killed the Assyrian general and led the Israelites to victory—was considered an important part of the Hanukkah narrative.