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HanukkahHanukkah is a Jewish holiday that is often referred to as The Festival of Lights. Its celebration goes all the way back to somewhere around 165 BCE (Before the Common Era or BC in Christian terms). It commemorates the victory of the Maccabees, led by Judah, over the Hellenistic Syrians.

As legend has it, when the temple was reclaimed it needed to be rededicated. The problem was that only one jar of sacramental oil was found. That was enough to last just one day. They lit it anyway and miraculously the oil burned for eight days, hence the eight days of Hanukkah.

There are many celebrations and traditions that occur during Hanukkah. The most important ritual is the candle lighting ceremony. This happens every night for eight nights when a new candle is lit.

On the first night of Hanukkah two candles are lit, the first of which is the “shamash”. This is the candle that is subsequently used to light all of the other candles. It is placed in the middle holder of the menorah – a candle holder that holds nine candles and is used in Hanukkah celebrations. Once the shamash is lit, it is then used to light the first candle of Hanukkah.

Each night after the first, a new candle is lit and added to the menorah. On the last evening there are nine candles burning representing the dedication of the faithful believers. It is common practice for worshipers to dedicate each night of Hanukkah to people in their lives.

In Israel, Hanukkah is a very festive time of year. There are many parties and celebrations held throughout the country. It is so important to the people that they let school out for a week during this sacred time.

This is a time that many look forward to all year. People join in celebration together by playing games, feasting and giving gifts or “gelt” to the children. The gelt that is traditionally given is money. Traditionally the people eat foods that are fried in oil during Hanukkah. Favorites include potato latkes and “sufganiot” or jelly doughnuts. A favorite game that is played is the driedel game, which is a gambling game that uses a four-sided top with Hebrew letters written on it.

While Christians are celebrating the birth of Christ, Jewish people all over the world join in eight days of food, fun and worship to celebrate Hanukkah. It is a holiday that is actually older than Christmas and has been celebrated for centuries by Jewish people everywhere.


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