What is Chanukah?

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  1. Dan0813

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    On this first day of Chanukah 2016 (25th of Kislev, 5777, on the Jewish calendar), I'd thought I'd post a couple of text passages that explain why Jews observe Chanukah.

    First, here is the passage referred to as V'al Hanissim, which is added to each of the three daily prayer services, and to the blessings said after each meal, during the eight days of Chanukah:

    Reference: http://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/article_cdo/aid/597182/jewish/Val-Hanissim.htm

    And secondly, here is an extract from Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 139:1 (The Code of Jewish Law):

    Reference: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch - Code of Jewish Law, Vol. 4, Mesorah Publications, Ltd., 2010, pp.477-478.
     
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    Ahanu Well-Known Member

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    Well, what's the relationship between tzedakah (charity) and Chanukah? I just saw this word (tzedakah) posted today on dictionary.com here.
     
  3. Dan0813

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    Tzedakah (usually translated as "charity") is supposed to be done year-round. It has the same relationship with Chanukah as with any other time of the year.
     
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