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Light up traditions

Creative events remind Jews of history, bring families together, help less fortunate. Festivities include Jewish trivia.

December 05, 2007|By Brianna Bailey

The festivities also will include music, food and the game “Jewpardy,” which is like “Jeopardy!” but with questions about Judaism.

“It’s just a happy, nice time,” Miller said. “We kindle light in the darkest, and we see those small lights pushing back the darkness. It is symbolic of what one person can do struggling against the darkness.”

HANUKKAH FACTS

 Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights.

 A single candle is lit during each of the eight nights of the holiday, along with an extra candle called a Shamash, meaning guard or servant. All nine of the Hanukkah candles are lit on the eighth night of the holiday.

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 Hanukkah, which starts on the 25th day of the Hebrew month Kislev, began at sunset Tuesday and continues until sunset Dec. 12 this year.

 Hanukkah traditions include eating foods fried in oil such as latkes and doughnuts.

 Hanukkah gelt, or small monetary gifts, are often given to children during the holiday.


BRIANNA BAILEY may be reached at (714) 966-4625 or at brianna.bailey@latimes.com.

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