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Hanukkah History 101

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Celebrating Hanukkah

Since the holiday is, in some way, a celebration of oil, the practice of eating food fried in oil, such as potato latkes and jelly donuts, is a major part of the holiday. Also included in the festivities is the traditional game of dreidel and the giving of “gelt,” or money, to children. No matter what holidays you and your family celebrate, there’s always room for learning in the fun. So introduce your child to new customs and cultures this holiday season by frying up a few latkes, spinning the dreidel, or just talking and learning about the meaning behind the holiday!