Hanukkah in Modern Israel

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Although Hanukkah is rated as more important to American Jews than Israeli Jews, and 60% of American Jews light candles each night compared to 73% of Israeli Jews, it is clear for both American and Israeli Jews, Hanukkah is a uniquely popular holiday. But, if you peel behind the layers, and for anyone who has spent time in Israel the month before Hanukkah and during Hanukkah, the mystique of Hanukkah pervades throughout the land. The vast majority of Israeli Jews partake in several Hanukkah activities, such as eating sufganiyot (doughnuts) and...

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