In 2018, Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, December 2 and lasts until sundown on Monday, December 10. Hanukkah, which is Hebrew for “dedication,” is the Festival of Lights, which commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian Greek army, and the subsequent miracle of rededicating the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and restoring its menorah, or lamp. The miracle of Hanukkah is that only one vial of oil was found with just enough oil to illuminate the Temple lamp for one day, and yet it lasted for eight full days.
Tuesday, December 4 – 10 a.m. on KPBX 91.1 FM "Hanukkah or Chanukah?” from Sounds Jewish
Maybe you've eaten lotsa latkes, but have you heard enough great Chanukah music? Presenting new and classic songs for the Festival of Lights, including recordings by the Lee Vees with Matisyahu; Julie Silver; Tom Lehrer; Y-Love; Woody Guthrie; Peter, Paul and Mary; Moishe Oysher; Laura Berkson; the Bachelorettes; and Stanley Adams and the Chicken Flickers.
Monday, December 10 – 10 a.m. on KPBX 91.1 FM Eternal Echoes
Violinist Itzhak Perlman and Jewish music scholar and performer Hankus Netsky join host James David Jacobs for an hour of songs and stories celebrating the holiday known as "The Festival of Lights."