Hanukkah - Hanukkah Hanukkah is celebrated by the people of...

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Hanukkah Hanukkah is celebrated by the people of the Jewish religion in December or late November of every year. Hanukkah is also known as the festival of lights and can be spelled many other ways. Origins/story Hanukkah marks the re dedication of the temple in Jerusalem after its decimation by the forces of Antiochus the fourth. Hanukkah is also the commemoration of the miracle of the Olive Oil. In the story of the miracle of the olive oil there was only enough olive oil to fuel the lamp in a temple for one day. Miraculously the oil burned for a full eight days which is the exact time needed to make more olive oil fuel. This is why the festival of Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days. Rituals The main ritual of Hanukkah is the kindling of the lights. The kindling of the lights consists of lighting the corresponding number of candles in the menorah to the day of the miracle. The candles are light at sunset and are burnt for at least half an hour then extinguished until the next night. The candles are blessed with three different blessings and on the first night of the
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2009 for the course YIPH ln;ljhdfi taught by Professor Wanger during the Spring '09 term at Heriot-Watt.

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