Candles Burning Brightly

The APM holiday special 'Candles Burning Brightly' celebrates Hanukkah through music, story and song.APM

November 16, 2022

Editor’s note: On-demand audio for this program is expected to be added on Dec. 12 or soon after.

Hosted by Mindy Ratner, ‘Candles Burning Brightly’ is a delightful hour for everyone to celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights! There is lots of music from Jewish communities worldwide, a hilarious lesson on preparing a classic Hanukkah dish, and a timeless and touching holiday story that brings light into every home.


A listing of music selections for this program is expected to be added on Dec. 12 or soon after.

Bonus content

Enjoy these additional features and stories to enhance your experience of Candles Burning Brightly®.

  1. Mindy writes about a special menorah

  2. 8 songs for 8 nights: Music for Hanukkah

  3. Harpist Sunita Staneslow plays 'Ocho Candelikas'

  4. Itzhak Perlman's Chanukah Radio Party


The dreidel is a four-sided spinning top used for a little low-level gambling game played at Hanukkah.

The sides of the dreidel show the Hebrew letters נ (nun), ℷ (gimel), ה (hei) and ש (shin), which stand for the words "nes gadol haya sham" — meaning, "A great miracle happened there."

So what's at stake? Pennies, or nuts-in-the-shell, or small pieces of chocolate.

Learn how to play.

See more on dreidels in the photos below.