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Hanukkah 2016

From December 24 to December 31 the bright Hanukkah will take place; in each Jewish home worldwide candles will be lit. This holiday begins on the 25th day of Jewish month Kislev and lasts eight days.

Hanukkah is a holiday of candles which are lit in honor of the miracle which occurred at rededication of the Holy Temple after Judah HaMakabi‘s victory over the troops of Seleucid tsar Antiochus in 164. The oil necessary for lighting of the temple lamp – Menorah, was profaned by enemies. Jews found only one flask of unadulterated and undefiled pure olive oil with only enough oil to burn for one day, yet it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of kosher oil for the Menorah.

To commemorate this miracle Hanukkah is celebrated 8 days from the 25th day of month Kislev. Candles are lit one by one day after day until on the last evening all eight candles are lit. A candle holder (hanukiyah) is put on the window sill in sign of fidelity to Judaism.

A Jewish wisdom says: “A little light dispels much darkness “.

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