Shalom! Happy Hanukkah!
Hanukkah (or Chanukah) is the Jewish Festival of Lights which dates back a time over 2500 years ago when the Jews reclaimed Jerusalem from the Syrians. After rebuilding their temple it was rededicated to God by the lighting of a lamp. The lamp only had enough oil to burn for one day but miraculously it burned for eight. Hence the tradition to light a candle on a special candelabra (a Menorah or Hanukkah) on each night of the festival, progressing to eight candles on the final night.
Picture: Hanukkah menorah by skpy, on Flickr
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