Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

What connections does Chanuka have with Succos?

share|improve this question
This is an excellent example of a question lacking any justification whatsoever. – Double AA Dec 5 '13 at 18:00
Was this original a trivia question (back when those were allowed)? – Seth J Dec 11 '13 at 20:19
up vote 6 down vote accepted
  • Both are celebrated for eight days
  • Both have full hallel on all the days
  • Both are celebrated outside the house (sukkah is outside, and menorah should be outside)
  • Both are Possul if they are more than 20 amos high (i.e. above the ground)
  • Both call for hiddur mitzvah (lulav we try to get the best, and menorah by adding more each night)

all taken from here.

share|improve this answer
Point of order: Sukkoth is seven days. – Seth J Dec 11 '13 at 20:20

The opinion of Beis Shamai that we should lit candles in a decreasing way (from 8 to 1) has something common with the fact that Korbanos of the Succos are also decreasing (from 13 to 7).

share|improve this answer

When the Chashmonaim rededicated the Beis Hamikdash on the 25th of Kislev, they celebrated for the next eight days with lulavim (symbolically making up for having missed that mitzvah in its proper time because they were in hiding).

(II Macc. 10:6-7)

share|improve this answer

(an expansion on earlier answers)The Beis Yosef's question about why we celebrate eight days, when the miraculous long-burning oil only lasted seven days more than it normally would.

The Aruch Hashulchan answers in OC 670:5:

The Sefer Chashmona'i says that in the year before Matisyahu's rebellion, Antiochus prevented the korbanos of Sukkos and Shemini Atzeres. Therefore, the Jews were able to re-inaugurate the Beis Hamikdash, they celebrated for eight days, in order to show that they were making up for the lost days of Sukkos and Shemini Atzeres.

In the book of macabbees chanuka is called "sukkot b'kislev"

share|improve this answer
Where in Macabbees can I find that quote? – Double AA Dec 5 '13 at 16:59
@DoubleAA: probably somewhere around the same place as mentioned in Alex's answer: judaism.stackexchange.com/a/3591/603 – Menachem Dec 11 '13 at 22:03

Halichot Teiman page 65 - After Chanukah, children excitedly scatter in the streets, knocking on people's doors and shouting "thebil!" (Arabic for "wicks!"), and people give them the wicks and the oil left in the Menorahs. The children gather as much as they can and give it to their teacher, who makes it into a healing ointment, by mixing it with ground-up myrtle leaves (Hadassim) that were used for the Mitzvah (of four species during Succos). This (ointment) is subsequently given to anyone who suffers from minor infected wounds.

Source: Mishpacha Kolmus #15 Chanuka 5771

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.