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Eight Fun Facts about Hanukkah

Do you know where the word ‘dreidel’ comes from, and how many calories are in a sufganiya? We have the answers

By: Viva Sarah Press
Published: November 21st, 2013 in News » World
Family celebrates Hanukkah

1. 44 candles

There are at least 44 candles in each box of Hanukkah candles, enough for one person to light the hanukkiyah (see item six on this list) according to tradition every night. Some boxes include extra candles as they tend to break easily.

Today, candles come in a variety of colors, wax types, and even scents. You can also fulfill the mitzvah of lighting the hanukkiyah with oil.

2. Holiday Calories

When you eat holiday treats fried in oil, you can’t really expect for them to be fat-free. The average 100-gram sufganiya (doughnut) packs 400-600 calories. One potato latke has about 150 calories, svinge (a Moroccan cruller) 350-442 calories, and chocolate coins 220 calories each.

Israelis devour some 24 million sufganiyot during the eight-day holiday – adding up to 10.8 billion calories.

3. Hanukkah, Chanukah, Hannuka

Hanukkah also goes by the names of the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication. As if multi-names weren’t enough, the holiday also has a variety of transliterated English spellings — thanks to the guttural Hebrew sound of the first letter, which cannot be rendered properly in English.

4. Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel


Get your spinning finger ready: It’s time to remember when the Greeks were in town and forbade Jews to learn Torah. Tradition holds that kids used to meet up in secret to learn, but if a Greek soldier happened upon their meeting they would pretend to be gambling with their dreidels.

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