Sunday, December 21, 2008
Tonight marks the beginning of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. This is a celebration of Jewish national survival and religious freedom. Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is known as the winter holiday when Jewish people light the "menorah" and exchange gifts. Hanukkah (also spelled "Chanukah" or "Hanukah") commemorates the victory of the Jews over their Greek rulers in the mid-second century B.C. Many, however, prefer to shift the holiday's focus away from military-victory celebration, in favor of the commemoration of the "Miracle of Lights." According to the ancient story, when the Jews re-dedicated the Holy Temple, there was little oil remaining to light the Temple menorah (or candelabra)-- as the bulk of the lamp oil had be3en polluted. But the oil that was only enough for one day, miraculously lasted eight days. This is considered to be the origin of the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah.
Happy Hanukkah..Peace and blessings to all my Jewish brothers and sisters!
With respect and love...