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all means all

what is hanukkah?
Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah, is the Jewish Festival of
Lights. The date it is celebrated on changes every year, depending on the western calendar, but it will always fall in November or
December. This year Hanukkah will begin in the evening of
December 12 and will end eight days later in the evening of
December 20.
The word Hanukkah means rededication and celebrates one of
the greatest miracles in Jewish history. The festival reminds Jews
of a time over 2500 years ago when Antiochus, a Syrian king,
tried to make the Jewish people worship statues of Greek gods.
The Ten Commandments forbid Jews to worship statues or idols
and so they refused.
A small group of Jews called Maccabees rebelled, and after a
three-year war they recaptured Jerusalem from the Syrians.
When the Jews finished cleaning and repairing the Temple which
was all but destroyed during the war, they rededicated it to God.
They did this by lighting the lamp (Menorah), which was a symbol
of God's presence. Only one small jar of oil was found, enough
for one day, but miraculously the lamp stayed alight for eight
Hanukkah traditions today include lighting one additional candle
on the Hanukia (a candelabra with nine candles) each day for
eight days representing the original oil lamp burning for eight
days in the temple. The ninth candle is out of place, usually
higher than the others, and is lit first then used to light all the

12 Dec - 20 dec.

Games are often played at Hanukkah. The most common game
uses a dreidel and is a popular way of helping children to
remember the great miracle.

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