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The earliest mention of this custom seems to have been made by Rabbi Maimon ben Joseph, father of Maimonides.
Of all Jewish events, a Chanukah holiday celebration is probably one of the most flexible, with the most room for creative improvisation, so there are very few hard, fast rules of what to do when. Here are some common elements that you may find:
Breeze through the Chanukah Menorah lighting with a step by step guide on everything from which menorah is kosher to how to arrange and light your own menorah.
Imagine a world where the reason you created light was for everyone else?
As the Siberian winter deepened, Chanukah came, and a group of young Jewish prisoners convened for a short meeting.
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