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Hanukkah Eight-day Jewish Celebration Is Underway

on December 13, 2017 - 11:07am
Hanukkah is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts. Courtesy photo
 
Staff Report
 
Hanukkah began Tuesday evening and will continue through the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 19.
 
The eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah or Chanukah commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.
 
Hanukkah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls in November or December.
 
Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts.
 
Los Alamos Jewish Center Ellen Ben-Naim explained that the holiday celebrates the fight for religious freedom and the fight against tryanny.
 
“I think a mistake in popular culture is that Hanukkah is, quote, ‘A Jewish Christmas’,” she said. “If you had to compare it with any American holiday, it would be the Fourth of July.”

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