Hanukkah is "either the most celebrated Jewish holiday or No. 2 to passover," Dr. Nagel
A centerpiece of the religious holiday is the menorah, which commemorates the miracle of oil burning for eight days after the re-dedication of the Holy Temple
in Jerusalem with the Jewish rebel army victory over the Syrians.
"Hanukkah has a lot of deep deep meaning for me," said Louis Nagel, educational director of Congregation Beth El.
"It's a hugely significant holiday and an amazing teaching opportunity, besides that I met my wife at a Hanukkah party so it will always be a special holiday to me," Nagel
"Until recently in Israel about the only time of the year you get doughnuts were around Hanukkah," Nagel
Another thing Israel is also starting to do is exchange gifts during Hanukkah.
"Judaism coming in contact with other cultures, in this case in America Christian culture -- that led people into starting to give gifts," he
In the past, if a gift exchange occurred, people would give gelts, a Yiddish word for money.
A modernized way of giving gifts, common among some Jewish families, is giving a large gift on the first night of Hanukkah.
Some families will also "give Sadakah, which means righteousness -- it's like charity," Nagel
The process of this tradition is that "I would give Sadakah to some organization that I think you care about, as a gift to you.
Another major tradition during Hanukkah is playing with a dreidel.
Below you can hear Dr. Nagel
explain the significance behind the dreidel.