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What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah, Chanukah. What is it? Join BimBam staffer Jeremy Shuback for an exploration of the holiday’s history, significance and rituals.

Written by Rabbi Mark Melamut as part of a unique partnership called the Rabbis’ Writing Lab, and shot at the YouTube Space in Los Angeles, it’s a new format for BimBam and we hope you’ll like, share and enjoy it this holiday season.

Chag urim sameach! Happy Festival of Lights. Happy Chanukah.

Learn the Chanukah Story

Spin yourself back in time in this animated short to learn the story of Chanukah and why we celebrate miracles in the darkest and coldest part of the year.

This year Chanukah will begin at sundown on Saturday, December 24, 2016 until the evening of Sunday January 1, 2017. During this eight day and eight night festival of lights people around the world will light candles, play the game of dreidel and enjoy foods made with oil such as latkes and sufganiyot (jelly donuts!)

 

More Chanukah videos and resources here.

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Chanukah Song Lyrics

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How to Light and Bless the Chanukah Candles

Learn how to light and say the Jewish blessings over Hanukkah candles in a real life preschool class! We are proud to partner with PJ Library to bring you this sweet tutorial. You can practice all three Hebrew blessings for Hanukkah right along with us and the Shaboom! cast.

Chag urim sameach – happy Chanukah!

Chanukah blessings cheat sheet

Chanukah Oh Chanukah lyrics video

In this lyrics video, you can learn a beloved Chanukah song in both English and its original Yiddish! Shaboom! is proud to present our favorite Jewish songleader Isaac Zones in this singalong…so raise your voice, party down and happy Hanukkah to you!

Dreidel Song – A Lyrics Video for Hanukkah

If you don’t already know the words to I Have a Little Dreidel, well, it’s a good thing you found this page! Get singing and find yourself a Chanukah party. And don’t forget to check out all our Chanukah videos and downloadables on our dedicated Hanukkah Page.

Apparently, this song also exists in Yiddish, we will have to see about that. “Ikh Bin A Kleyner Dreydl” anyone?

Shehecheyanu: The Jewish Blessing for Firsts

Shehecheyanu (pronounced sheh-hekh-ey-ya-noo) is a Jewish blessing for firsts.

There’s a lot of emphasis in Judaism on stopping to recognize special moments. Some do this in the form of a prayer or a blessing for the first time they are doing something new. It’s said the first time you light Chanukah candles, the first time you taste matzah or the first time you taste a new fruit in a year. It’s also said at a conversion, the birth of a new child or upon seeing a friend for the first time in ages.

Take a moment to learn this Jewish blessing for firsts so the next time you find yourself in a first, you’ll know what to say.

Sevivon Sov Sov Sov lyrics video

Learn the lyrics in Hebrew and English to the popular song about spinning a dreidel for Hanukkah!

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