December 6, 2021
Learn More About the Jewish Festival of Lights
Did you know that there’s something more to Hanukkah than just a good excuse for Jews to give gifts to their friends and loved ones? The Jewish Festival of Lights commemorates the anniversary of the Maccabean revolt to reclaim the Temple in Jerusalem more than 2,000 years ago.
According to historical accounts, the Jews, who were under Syrian-Greek rule at that time, were prohibited to practice their faith. Around 166 B.C., a Jewish priest named Judas Maccabeus led a small group of people to wage war against the Syrian-Greek army. Although significantly outnumbered, the Jews won the battle.
To celebrate their great victory, Maccabeus and his men wanted to worship at the temple and light the menorah using a purified and sealed bottle of olive oil. Unfortunately, the jar of oil that they found at the temple wasn’t enough to light the menorah for more than a day. Despite this, the Jews decided to go ahead and use it to illuminate the temple. The little jar of oil miraculously kept the menorah lighted for eight days.
A Closer Look at the Primary Symbols of Hanukkah
The Jews celebrate Hanukkah for eight days starting on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev. Based on the Gregorian calendar, the Festival of Lights started this year on the evening of November 28th until the evening of December 6th. During this time, Jewish communities across the world lit the menorah, played a game of dreidel, and feasted on latkes and sufganiyot to honor the rededication of the Temple in 166 B.C.
Veteran Car Donations shares the meaning of the celebration’s three primary symbols.
The menorah, also known as hanukkiah, is the centerpiece of the celebration. It’s a candelabra that has a central branch that’s flanked by four branches on each side. The central candle, or the shamash, serves as the helper candle that’s used to light the eight candles symbolizing the number of days that the oil miraculously kept the menorah lantern burning at the temple.
Before the Maccabean revolt took place, the Jews in Israel weren’t allowed to practice their religious rituals. However, the restrictions didn’t stop them from reading and studying the holy scriptures in groups. Whenever the Greek guards did their rounds, the Jews took out their dreidels and pretended to play games to avoid raising suspicion.
- Latkes and Sufganiyot
The traditional foods of Hanukkah are fried potato pancakes called latkes and jelly-filled donuts called sufganiyot. Jewish communities celebrate the holiday with these deep-fried delicacies in honor of the miracle of the oil.
Bring Light into the Lives of Our Struggling Veterans
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