Have you always wondered why the Jewish Festival of Lights is sometimes written with an H and other times with a Ch? You are not alone! Hanukkah and Chanukah refer to the same eight-day festival. The “Ch” version is not meant to be pronounced like the “ch” in “chin”. It is actually meant to sound more like an “h” with a guttural throat clearing. The change in spelling serves as a reminder that the Hebrew word would be pronounced with a throaty “h” not a typical English “h”.
Check out our English lesson plan on Chanukah in our Holidays & Events section.