What is Hanukkah?

by Guest Writer on October 18, 2016

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What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah is a very important celebration for our Jewish friends! It marks the 8 days of the traditional "Feast of Dedication," which celebrates the rededication of the temple by the Maccabees during the intestamental period of the Bible. The Maccabees defeated the army of Antiochus IV Epiphanes and needed to cleanse the temple, but they only had enough oil in their lamps for one evening. Miraculously, the oil lasted for 8 days! Today, Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah by lighting the 8 candles of a menorah.

You can learn more about the history of Hanukkah here, and watch this fun video from Sunday School Lady too! (Video from Buck Denver Asks ... Why Do We Call It Christmas?)


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