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Chanukah (Hannukah)

A Little Light Diffuses Much Darkness

Chanukah is an eight day holiday which begins on the 25th day of the month of Kislev. It marks the miraculous victory of the Jews, led by the Maccabees, against Greek persecution and religious oppression. In addition to being victorious in war, another miracle occurred: When the Maccabees came to rededicate the Temple, they found only one flask of oil with which to light the Menorah. This small flask lasted for eight days. In order to commemorate this miracle, we light a Menorah for the eight days of Chanukah.

On the evening before each one of the days, the corresponding number of Chanukah candles are lit.

Understanding Chanukah

Chanukah was not merely a physical or political victory. It was a victory of light over darkness.

How to Light

Our Quick, Easy, and Complete Guide to Lighting the Menorah like a Pro.

Chanukah Perspectives

A wide variety of perspectives into the depth and meaning of this monumental holiday.