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8 Views on Hannukkah from Israel and Palestine

The Festival of Hanukkah, also called the Festival of Lights, is a minor Jewish holiday that is often dwarfed by the excitement and magic of Christmas in the Western world. In Israel, though, Hanukkah is the main (and only) winter holiday for Israeli Jews, and in recent years it has become increasingly commercialized (perhaps as a response to the lavish Christmas celebrations in other areas of the world). Children are home from school for over a week, people indulge in deep-fried foods, and kids beg their parents to take them to expensive plays and activities.