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Is money given as a present during Hanukkah?

Money as a gift at Hanukkah?

 Ah, the holidays. A time for family, friends, and…money. Yes, that’s right, money. You may be wondering, “Is it really appropriate to give money as a gift?” The answer is yes—especially if you’re celebrating Hanukkah!

For those unfamiliar with the holiday, Hanukkah is an 8-night festival commemorating the Jewish people’s miraculous victory over the Syrian Greeks. It is also known as the Festival of Lights and typically falls in December, around the same time as Christmas. Given its close proximity to Christmas, Hanukkah has adopted some of its customs, one of which is gift giving.

How much money should I give?

There is no correct answer to this question; it varies based on your relationship to the recipient and your budget. However, a general rule of thumb is to give an amount that is odd (e.g., $5, $7, $11) because odd numbers cannot be divided evenly.

This symbolizes the fact that Hanukkah is all about miracles! This tradition is typically followed by Ashkenazi Jews (Jews from Central and Eastern Europe), whereas Sephardic Jews (Jews from Spain and Portugal) tend to give one lump sum at the beginning of the holiday.

Another interesting tradition that is different between Ashkenzi and Sephardic Jews at Hanukkah is that in Sephardic tradition only the head of the household lights the candles and on the last night they throw a potluck dinner.

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What are some other fun Hanukkah gift Ideas?

The Jewish custom at Hanukkah is to light the candles on the Hanukkiah (the candle holder with 9 candles). Blessings are recited, songs are sung and wonderfully oily food is eaten such as Latkes and Suvganiot.

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Money may not be the most traditional holiday gift, but when it comes to Hanukkah, giving cash is actually quite common—and there’s even a few traditions surrounding it! So if you find yourself at a loss for what to get your loved ones this year, consider giving them the gift of greenbacks. They’ll be sure to appreciate it!

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