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Hanukkah celebrated on Net

Hanukkah begins at sundown, and the Net holds many resources for learning about and celebrating the eight-day "festival of lights."

At sundown today, the Jewish holiday Hanukkah begins, and the Net holds many resources for learning about and celebrating the eight-day "festival of lights."

The Lubavitch Online Virtual Chanukah site features Webcasts as well as video and audio clips of menorah lightings and events from around the globe, such as the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the Champs Elysées in Paris, and the White House. The site also contains history about the holiday along with the traditions, games, and stories that go with it.

EarthLink also has a Hanukkah site, with a brief introduction to the holiday and links to various other sites.

Hanukkah--Festival of Lights has traditional songs for the holiday, with transliterated Hebrew, a musical chart, and sound samples. There is also a glossary with terms relevant to the history and celebration of Hanukkah.

The Jewish Communication Network has a comprehensive site about Hanukkah, which includes articles about world events and their significance to Hanukkah. There are recipe swaps, a photo essay, and a "top 12" list for reasons to like Hanukkah.

The alternative magazine Utne Reader offers a story about a town in Montana that helped its Jewish residents celebrate Hanukkah without fear of hate crimes.

With various traditional dishes enjoyed during Hanukkah, the Net also offers several spots to find recipes from the traditional to the updated. Traditional Chanukah Recipes has half a dozen, laced with pictures of children cooking and enjoying the treats. Epicurious comes through with its section on Hanukkah, offering single recipes as well as complete menus that serve eight. The Digital Chef site adds tips for cooking traditional foods to its recipes for Hanukkah.

Another symbol of the holiday is the dreidel, a four-sided top with Hebrew letters on it that is spun by players who ante up, usually with pennies, peanuts, or chocolate coins, called gelt. The Net has its share of virtual dreidel sites, where Netizens can learn about the game or try a virtual spin.