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n.1.The Jewish Feast of the Dedication, instituted by Judas Maccabæus, his brothers, and the whole congregation of Israel, in 165 b. c., to commemorate the dedication of the new altar set up at the purification of the temple of Jerusalem to replace the altar which had been polluted by Antiochus Epiphanes of Syria (1 Maccabees i. 58, iv. 59). The feast, which is mentioned in John x. 22, is held for eight days (beginning with the 25th day of Kislev, corresponding to December), and is celebrated everywhere, chiefly as a festival of lights, by the Jews.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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See also, Kun, "White Christmases and Hanukka Mambos: Jews and the Making of Popular Music in Los Angeles," in Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic, 75-90.
Other allusions of this sort include regular mentions of bar mitzvahs, and rarer mentions of such aspects of Jewish culture as the "hora" a "shiva house," the Kaddish, kosher meals, Hanukka miracles, or Hanukka in general, as well as references to cultural signifiers including Barbra Streisand's film Yentl and authors like Michael Chabon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Sander Gilman, and Philip Roth.
Among the prayers are preliminary readings and prayers, evening prayer and bibliographical crux, polemical reading against Karaites, Shabbat beginnings and endings, Rosh Hodesh to Rosh Ha-Shana, versus and musaf for Rosh Ha-Shana, ways to start Yon Kippur, Haggada before meal, additions for Hanukka, and instructions in Aramaic.