Hanukah Research Paper

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Different races and ethnic groups have greatly impacted the United States’ culture. Without the influence of others there’s no way that the country we live in would be as greatly diverse as it is now. The Irish, the Jewish, and the Mexican have all left their mark on the United States and brought many new things to our melting pot of culture. One main thing that has been brought to the United States is different and new holidays and celebrations. Without these groups we wouldn’t celebrate holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day, Hanukah, and Cinco de Mayo. During the 1800’s the majority of immigrants going into the United States were Irish. This is because of a horrible famine that swept through the Irish due to a fungus that ruined Ireland’s…show more content…
Many Jews immigrated due to the increased persecution in Eastern Europe. However, due to this immigration the United States was enriched with new and exciting things such as Hanukah. Hanukah is celebrated during eight days and nights starting on December 25th. The goal of Hanukah is to remind the Jewish of a time of the 2nd temple when the Jewish was being taken over by Greeks. The lights of Hanukah are a reminder that while only a small group of Jewish people fought the Greek armies they defeated the Greeks and continue to celebrate that miracle. Throughout Hanukah there are many celebrations. Each night another candle is lit on the Menorah to commemorate the miracle of light. Also, there is a game called the dreidel game. There are multiple explanations of how the dreidel is connected with the Hanukah story. One of the most believed of these theories is that the letters nun, gimmel, hey, shin, which appear on the dreidel in the Diaspora, stand for nes gadol haya sham. This translates to "a great miracle happened there.” While in Israel the dreidel says nun, gimmel, hey, pey, which translates to "a great miracle happened here." Hanukah is widely celebrated now in the United States. However, unlike St. Patrick’s Day in which everyone celebrates, mostly just the Jewish celebrate

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