Hanukkah at Home
Hanukkah at Home



Hadar Hanukkah Companions


Holding the Dark with the Light: A Hadar Hanukkah Companion

As children, we learn to be afraid of the dark. We learn to associate darkness with the unknown, monsters under the bed, and shadows that loom eerily out of proportion. But what if we could hold the darkness as we hold the light? What if this year, when we light the candles of our hanukiyah, we admire not only the light of the fire but acknowledge the place of the darkness? As your candles burn and you hold both light and darkness, gather yourself and your loved ones, and make space in your home for a little learning.

Hadar's Children and Families Companion

With a kid-oriented and engaging design, this resource is intended for use with children and families for learning and discussion as you celebrate Hanukkah at home. Use this resource every night of Hanukkah, along with activities designed by Pedagogy of Partnership, to guide your learning as a family.



Growing the Light

December 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17, 5:30-5:50 PM Eastern


In the face of uncertainty and a global pandemic, we hold up our light and hope for better. Join Hadar faculty throughout Hanukkah to learn, connect, and light the candles. We will share some Torah and fulfill this mitzvah in community, with blessings and song.

Join the following faculty members to light the candles:

  • Thursday 12/10 - R. Avi Strausberg
  • Sunday, 12/13 - R. Elie Kaunfer
  • Monday, 12/14 - R. Yosef Goldman
  • Tuesday, 12/15 - Deborah Sacks Mintz
  • Wednesday, 12/16 - R. Aviva Richman
  • Thursday, 12/17 - R. Ethan Tucker


Who Made Hanukkah Possible? Neither the Hellenizers Nor the Hasidim

Lunchtime Learning with Rabbi Yitz Greenberg

Wednesday, December 16, 12:00-1:00 PM Eastern


The Hanukkah story is generally understood as a showdown between Greek Hellenism and the upholders of Jewish tradition. The truth is more complicated. This session will make the case that there were actually three streams in the Jewish community who played a role in the Hanukkah narrative: The Jewish Hellenizers, the ‘Hasidim,’ and the Maccabees. We will explore the thought and practice of each group and the critical issues of the time that animated them such as: Can you fight a military battle on Shabbat? Can humans rebuild the Beit Hamikdash (Holy Temple) or must they wait for it to be restored by a miraculous lowering of a new purified building from heaven. Finally, we’ll ask, if the actual Maccabee victory occurred in Tishrei-Cheshvan, why is Hanukkah celebrated at the end of Kislev?