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Interview: About Chanukah with Rabbi Friedler

“Chanukah” is often referred to as “Jewish Christmas” as the festival falls close to Christmas time and gift-giving is a part of the celebration.

Chanukah is an eight day festival and was established for religious, not political reasons. This began during the time of the second temple, around 164 BCE.

The name “Chanukah” derives from the Hebrew verb, meaning “to dedicate” and the Menorah symbolises the wisdom of Hashem – the Torah. The Menorah gives light and light is a symbol for wisdom.

This year Chanukah will be celebrated in Albert Park on Tuesday, December 16 from 5.30pm. “Chanukah in the Park” is an annual family event that brings the Jewish and wider community together with great food and music. Expect to see a range of food stalls, live performances and children singing from Kadimah School.

In this interview Friedler shares the practical and spiritual values of Chanukah, and highlights how the ‘home’  and ‘giving to others’  is central to the meaning of this festival.

Chanukah has special food including round jelly donuts. At Chanukah, Jewish people observe the custom of eating fried foods in commemoration of the miracle associated with the Temple oil.

Chanukah has a powerful message for children and adults.

Listen below to hear the full interview:

Keren Cook
Keren is currently working as a casual presenter at NZME and freelancing as a journalist and Director and voice over-artist. She recently project-managed New Zealand's Jewish Online Museum, and co-hosts a regular show at Planet FM.
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