Posted Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 9:20 PM | Permalink | Shortlink

I know that Hanukkah (or, Chanukah) is almost over this year, but I wanted to make sure to do a post on this holiday.

Hanukkah this year, as anyone observing it knows, began November 27th. It was pretty early this year in terms of the Gregorian calendar. Hanukkah is an eight-day celebration “that begins on the eve of the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev”(

In the most basic sense, Hanukkah commemorates a small group of Jews reclaiming the Holy Temple in Jerusalem from the Syrian-Greeks over two thousand years ago. After reclaiming the Temple, the Jews learned that they had only enough pure oil to light the menorah for one day. Miraculously, the oil lasted for eight days which was long enough for more pure oil to be prepared. This light is/was especially important as we are rapidly nearing the shortest day of the year.

For more information on the history of Hanukkah and on how Hanukkah is celebrated, here are some links:

I’ve kept this short especially in an effort to keep it respectful. As a person who observes very few holidays, Hanukkah not being one, I’m probably missing some of the most important aspects of this holiday. Is there anything I should have added? Please let me know in the comments.

Happy Hanukkah! ~vickie

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