Hanukkah (Chanukah) this year is celebrated December 1 – 9.

Hanukkah marks the rededication of the Second Temple after its desecration by Antiochus IV Epiphanes, King of Syria. When the Maccabees won in the battle against the Seleucid Empire there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. But miraculously, the oil burned for eight days. During this time they could press, prepare and consecrate fresh olive oil.

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