What would brighten your Chanukah this year?
We asked: Chanukah is such a widely celebrated holiday, but what do people really know about it? Are there questions people have about Chanukah that they would like answers to? How can we enhance people's candle-lighting ceremonies?
We answered: What about creating an octapartite book of Chanukah facts, one page for each day? "Chanukah - Mi Yodeya?" has something for everyone: Practical advice, halacha (Jewish law), Chanukah history, and more!
The questions and answers all come from Mi Yodeya, the awesome online Jewish Q&A community on the StackExchange.com network.
Here's what makes it awesome: all the sharing. One person thinks of an interesting question and puts it out there. A couple of others think of sources that help address that question and share those. Still others vote the best stuff up and the worst down. Before you know it, there's a polished, multifaceted gem of Jewish knowledge, assembled by a bunch of people who might not even know each other, up there on the web for everyone to enjoy. And this happens over and over and over, so that after Mi Yodeya's first few years, we have a collection of over 11,000 answered questions for the world to read.
As a Chanukah treat almost as good as jelly donuts, we at Mi Yodeya have compiled a hand-picked selection of Chanukah questions and answers for each day. Each day is given two pages, with the first page designed to be accessible to everyone, and the second for those looking for more advanced and in-depth content.
If you want to get in on the knowledge-sharing, come visit us! You can start with one of the questions used in this book by following the link in the footnotes, or come straight to our homepage at mi.yodeya.com to see what people have been asking and answering most recently and to post your own questions and answers.
Before you start reading, we'd like to warn you: We can't fry your latkes the way your bubbe can. In other words, don't rely on any halachic rulings brought in this book - always check with your rabbi for practical guidance.
Have a Happy Chanukah!
The Mi Yodeya Community