The Yiddish Book Center’s Great Jewish Books Teacher Resources

Introduction
Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights, celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its capture by the Syrian Greeks in 164 BCE. Although historically it was perceived as a minor holiday, Chanukah is one of the most widely celebrated holidays among Jews in America today.
One of the many traditions associated with the holiday is giving Chanukah gelt, or money, as a celebratory…

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