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December 21st marks the first official day of winter – and the winter solstice – the longest night of the year.  According to Rick Kline of the Spacecraft Planetary Imaging Facility at Cornell University, solstices and equinoxes denote either the beginnings of the seasons or the center points of them.  Kline tells USA Today that Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other holidays have arisen out of just these markings.

Celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights with two days of special programming on WHQR!

Friday, December 4th at 1 pm and Sunday, December 6th at 4 pm on Classical HQR 96.7fm

Candles Burning Brightly

A one-hour celebration of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights with an exploration of Hanukkah foods and traditional activities ... and plenty of music. Hosted by Classical 24's Mindy Ratner and Bill Morelock. From American Public Media.

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During the rule of Antiochus, Jews played a diversion similar to the modern dreidel game.