Happy Hanukkah

Hanukkah is also known as the Jewish Festival of Lights and lasts eight days. This year it begins on the evening of Saturday 8 December and ends on the evening of Sunday 16 December.
In 165 BC, the Jews in Judea rebelled against the Syrian ruler, Antiochus, because he insisted that all Jewish people must worship Greek Gods. Against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth – they drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to their God.
As part of the celebrations they lit an oil lamp which should have been kept burning all the time, even though they could only find enough oil to keep it burning for one night. But a miracle occurred, and the oil lamp stayed lit for eight days, which was the time it took to make new oil for the lamp. This  was the Miracle of the Oil.
It was then declared that every year Jews would remember the day with an eight-day Festival of Lights and celebrate the miracle of the oil by placing eight candles in a Menorah (a special candlestick) and lighting one candle for each evening of the celebration. Electric lights are sometimes used, especially where where an open flame might be dangerous, such as a hospital room. The Hanukkah lights are meant to remind those walking by the home about the holiday’s miracle, so the Menorah is displayed at a prominent window or near the front door.
During Hanukkah, people exchange gifts and give to the poor and needy.
Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah

To all our furiends who observe this holiday,
we wish you a Happy Hanukkah.
from Winnie (and Mil) and Thomas (and Nan) xx

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. adoptedmom
    Dec 14, 2012 @ 07:30:13

    Fankyoo Thomas, dis is very nice of yew and Winnie and Nan to post. I hafing a gud holiday this year wif my Mommie. She made me yummy potato latkes. Whee! I really liked them. And she gibbed me a new plushie bone wif hearts on it and squeaky inside. Pawwaves!


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