Happy Hanukkah


Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah, celebrated by those observing Judaism. Hanukkah lasts 8 days, running until December 20th. Every year, the dates of Hanukkah change, as it lands according to the Hebrew calendar, not the Gregorian calendar. Hanukkah commemorates Jewish people overcoming religious persecution during the Maccabean revolt, and in turn, stands for the reclaiming of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and recognizes rededicating to God. When taking back the temple, there was only enough oil to keep the menorah (a 7-arm candelabra) lit for one day, but miraculously it kept burning for eight nights, allowing the time for people to gather more oil. Each night, one of eight candles on the Hanukiah (a special 9-arm candelabra used only during Hanukkah) is lit (see pictured), by the shamash candle. A common game played is with the dreidel, a four sided top which spells out “a great miracle happened there.”