The light of the Chanukah candles has deep significance in the Kabbalistic tradition. Get inspired with Sefaria's new series of Kabbalistic sheets, prepared by Rabbi Ami Silver, a teacher and scholar of Chasidut and Kabbalah. These resources provide both beginners and experienced learners with a deep dive into the topic of light and its special significance on Chanukah.
Chanukah is a rabbinic holiday, and this year Sefaria has a new feature to help you appreciate the rabbis of the Talmud. Just click on a rabbi's name and a short biography will open in the sidebar. Interested in learning more? Click on the name in the sidebar to find sources and additional biographical information - all linked to the Sefaria library. A full tutorial of the feature can be found here.
Did you know that your students can develop and strengthen their independent learning skills by using Sefaria? Introducing Your Chanukiya, designed for middle school students, is a ready-to-go activity which combines learning about Chanukah candle lighting and studying some of the Rabbinic sources about candle lighting. Seeing the Light: A Chanukah Scavenger Hunt is a Chanukah twist on learning to navigate the Bible.
Finally, if you are looking for additional lessons to help cover all eight days, try some Sefaria favorites:
What is Chanukah? A look at the holiday through stories and songs.
Why Does a Chanukiya Look Like That? View chanukiyot from around the world and design your own.
- Chanukah Candle Lighting in 5 Easy Steps Study the laws of candle lighting and teach others what you have learned.
See all the activities here.