Chanuka - The festival of lights

 

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Hanukkah is one of the most joyous Jewish holidays. For eight days, from November 28th to December 5th, the Festival of Lights organized by the Shalom Foundation, the Jewish Theatre and the Center for Yiddish Culture in Warsaw will take place.


The event can be a great opportunity to have fun and learn about the Jewish culture. For both children and their parents there will be attractions such as various workshops, readings of fairy tales and Hanukkah stories. During the course you will learn what is a dreidel and how to make it, try the delicious pancakes latkes, and, perhaps for the first time, make your own menorah. There will be also a concert of the actors of the Jewish Theatre and theatrical workshop by the Jacob Weitnzer group.
The holiday commemorates the time when Palestine was ruled by a Greek dynasty of Seleucids in the 2nd century BCE. They tried to impose on Jews a different religion and desecrated the Temple. In response to this, the uprising of the Maccabees broke out and they won.
During the festival, the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah are being lit, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night.





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