Menorah lightings mark beginning of Hanukkah

Hanukkah Meaning Of Each Candle, Traditions, And How It's Celebrated

The Jewish holiday is finally here, so we rounded up everything you need to know about the eight-day celebration! Knowing it would run out, the Jewish people chose to burn it anyway, but it miraculously burned for eight days until they were able to get new oil.

Tradition holds that when the Maccabees restored the temple in Jerusalem, they were saddened to see there was only enough ritual olive oil left to burn for a day, but it burned for eight days, the amount of time it took them to prepare a new batch of oil.

Children receive Hanukkah "gelt" (the Yiddish word for money) from parents and grandparents.

"We're given the capacity, and therefore the obligation, to increase light, and we do it in increasing measure each day, as we light an additional candle", he said. "It's about sharing this sense of peace".

Sports arenas also hosted Hanukkah events, including the NBA arenas of the Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns and Atlanta Hawks; the NHL arenas of the Arizona Coyotes, New York Islanders, Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning, New Jersey Devils and Columbus Blue Jackets; and the NFL stadium of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "I like the tradition", said Topah, a City of Poughkeepsie resident.

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The joyful music and shouts of joy summed up the Sioux City Jewish community's Wednesday evening celebration of the lighting of a large menorah in the Woodbury County Courthouse rotunda.

He described Chabad as a Hasidic, or Orthodox, Jewish movement with religious, educational and social service centers around the world, that draws participation from all branches of Judaism.

Rabbi Michael Moskowitz, at West Bloomfield's Temple Shir Shalom, says Hanukkah - also known as Chanukah or the Festival of Lights - reminds the Jewish community of their blessings.

"It teaches us that with God's help, the righteous overcome the mighty", he said. In the second century BCE, the Syrian-Greeks tried to force the people of Israel to accept Greek cultures and beliefs.


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