Hanukkah: Festival of Lights

At sunset on December 2, Jews around the world begin the celebration of the Festival of Lights, commonly known as Hanukkah. It’s a commemoration of the re-dedication of the temple during the second century BC, when Jews defeated the armies of the Seleucids in what's known as the Maccabean Revolt. The nightly lighting of the menorah is a significant part of the holiday. On the modern menorah, there are nine candle holders. The center flame is used to light each of the other eight during the eight-day celebration. Each day, sections of Numbers 7:1 through 8:4 are read from the Torah, and families recite the Hallel—the praise and gratitude-themed psalms, numbered 113 through 118. “Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD; praise the name of the LORD” (Psalm 113:1).

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