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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Eight Days of Hanukkah… Maybe, Not the Twelve Days of Christmas, But It’s Close

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Hanukkah starts at sundown on 16 December; it’s a time for Jewish families to gather and celebrate miracles. The holiday celebrates the end of the Seleucid Greco-Syrian Empire in Jerusalem. The Maccabee brothers helped end the empire, which outlawed Judaism, and they had to rededicate their Temple. They only had a small drop of oil that miraculously lasted for eight nights, hence, the length of Hanukkah. Those who observe the Jewish holiday light a menorah in honour of these events each evening. To celebrate the Festival of Lights, some make latkes, watch Hanukkah movies or TV specials, or even find some quotes to share. Here are eight quotes about Hanukkah:

  • Hanukkah is about the spark of the divine in all of us made in God’s image. (Suzanne Fields)
  • As long as Hanukkah is studied and remembered, Jews won’t surrender to the night. The proper response, as Hanukkah teaches, isn’t to curse the darkness, but to light a candle. (Irving Greenberg)
  • The miracle, of course, wasn’t that the oil for the sacred light… in a little cruse… lasted as long as they say; but that the courage of the Maccabees lasted to this day; let that nourish my flickering spirit. (Charles Reznikoff)
  • The lights of the Hanukkah menorah that we kindle in our homes are a reminder both of the Menorah in the Temple in Jerusalem and the light that shines brightly within each one of us. For as it says in Proverbs 20.27, The candle of God is the soul of man. (Libi Astaire)
  • We light candles in testament that faith makes miracles possible. (Nachum Braverman)
  • Just as Hanukkah candles are lighted one by one from a single flame, so the tale of the miracle is passed from one man to another, from one house to another, and to the whole House of Israel throughout the generations. (Judah Leon Magnes)
  • Is not Hanukkah a symbol of Israel, and its light a symbol of his immortality? (Leo Jung)
  • Put on your yarmulke
    Here comes Chanukah
    So much funukah
    To celebrate Chanukah
    Chanukah is the festival of lights
    Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights (Adam Sandler/The Chanukah Song)

16 December 2014

Nicole Massabrook

International Business Times

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