Hanukkah, The Festival of Lights! [PHOTOS]
From Huff Post Religion comes the story of Hanukkah, which is one of revolution and miracles. The Jewish Festival of Lights begins at sundown on Sunday December 6 and goes for "eight crazy nights" until sundown on Monday, December 14.Hanukkah is an eight day celebration that commemorates the freedom of oppression from the Greeks back in the second century B.C.E. The Holy Temple had been desecrated by the Greeks, so the first order of business was to rebuild, which meant the Temple's menorah had to be re-lit. According to tradition, the lights need to burn continuously over the eight days.
The problem was there was only enough oil for one night, but miraculously the oil lasted for all eight nights. Hanukkah is the celebration of that miracle. Jews around the world light a candle on their menorahs each of the eights nights. Here's a photo of our Menorah on the 1st night of Hanukkah.
The extra light in the middle of the menorah is called the shamash. In Hebrew it means "attendant." The shamash is used to light the other candles.
To all who celebrate "The Festival of Lights," from our family to yours, "May the lights of Hanukkah bring your family Peace, Light, and Love in the upcoming New Year!"