Hanukkah, meaning dedication in Hebrew

Hanukkah, (alternately spelled Chanukah)meaning “dedication” in Hebrew, refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Macabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and “re-dedication” of the Temple in Jerusalem. The modern home celebration of Hanukkah centers around the lighting of the hanukkiah, a special menorah for Hanukkah; unique foods, latkes and jelly doughnuts; and special songs and games.