Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Happy Hanukkah!

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In Judaism, a holiday celebrating the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem in 164 BC, after its desecration three years earlier by order of Antiochus IV Epiphanes. The Maccabees recaptured Jerusalem and reconsecrated the Temple after leading a successful revolt against Syrian rule. The lighting of the menorah recalls the story that a one-day supply of oil burned miraculously in the Temple for eight days until new oil could be obtained. Sometimes called the Feast of Dedication or Feast of Lights, it is celebrated for eight days in December, during which the ceremonial candles are lit and children play games and receive gifts. Originally a minor holiday, it has become more lavishly celebrated as a result of its proximity to Christmas.


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Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Thanks, Donal. I was wondering when it would start. The local synagogue always puts out a giant menorah, and adds a lightbulb every day.
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!


3:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you DONAL! TMW it starts at sundown tonight and we celebrate two miracles from G-d. First that He enabled such a small band of rebels to go in and smash the mighty army of the evil Antiochus and rededicate the Temple, and second, there was only enough of the Temple's olive oil to burn for one night, but he kept it going for 8. We read the story every year so that Carmen doesn't come to think of it as nothing more than the Festival of Chachkies (little goodies)!


3:58 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Good for you, Morgan! Yes, she's a-coming sundown tonight. Happy Hanukkah to all my Jewish friends!

Good morning, TMW!

5:46 AM  
Blogger CHOMP said...

Donal, this is the most beautiful menorah I have ever seen!

Happy Hannukah, Enjoy the celebration!


7:29 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Hi, Sweetie--yes, I thought is was beautiful--I would love to see it lit up! I believe it's Tiffany...

8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Happy and Blessed Hanukkah to all my Jewish brethern. The God of the Israelites, of Abraham is the one true God, no other. Enjoy . J'Mac.

4:26 PM  

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