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Chanukah Candlestick In contrast to the Menorah of Exodus with seven candles is the Chanukah menorah with eight candles, which celebrates a miracle. The story is that when the Temple in Jerusalem was rededicated after the war of the Macabees (167-160 B.C.E.) and after being desecrated by Antiochus Epiphanes, only a small amount of oil was found to light the menorah but it lasted for eight days. A ninth candle, the Shamesh, is used to light the other eight, one night at a time, for the eight days of Chanukah, the festival of lights occurring near the winter solstice. Ten Digits Being the number of fingers or toes, ten became the base of the decimal number system . It is the number of completeness or finality . With ten as complete , nine comes into prominence as almost complete. Troy was besieged for 9 days and fell on the tenth. Odysseus wandered for 9 years and arrived home on the tenth. Ten Commandments From the Old Testament we have, of course, the ten commandments or Decalogue.
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Unformatted text preview: The Old Testament also describes Tithing, to give a tenth part of one's income. Twelve and the Zodiac Slide 4-48: Zodiac Pavement Keller, Sharon. The Jews: A Treasury of Art and Literature. NY: Levin Assoc. 1992. p.20 Twelve is one of the big numbers in astrology because twelve complete lunar cycles takes approximately one year. Each month was eventually identified with a sign of the zodiac, which is believed to have originated in Mesopotamia as early as 2000 BC. The Greeks adopted the symbols from the Babylonians and passed them on to the other ancient civilizations. The Egyptians assigned other names and symbols to the zodiacal divisions. The Chinese also adopted the 12-fold division, but called the signs rat, ox, tiger, hare, dragon, serpent, horse, sheep, monkey, hen, dog, and pig. The Aztecs independently devised a similar system. Twelve thus symbolized a complete cycle ; and twelve was also used to divide the day and also the night....
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