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Judaism / Cult and Festivals /
Chanukah
Hebrew: chanukah



Article about the Jewish calendar

Chanukah candlestick. Brighton, United Kingdom.
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Chanukah candlestick. Brighton, United Kingdom. Photo: Dominic Alves.

Chanukah candlestick. Brighton, United Kingdom.
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Serving latkes for Chanukah. Photo: Sam Felder.

Celebrating the Chanukha at home.
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Celebrating the Chanukha at home.

Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem. Because this temple had been desecrated as a temple to Zeus from 168 BCE to 165 BCE, Judas Maccabeus sought to cleanse it upon its restoration. In this process, lasting 8 days, olive oil was needed for the temple lamps, yet only one cup could be found. Although this was far from being enough to burn the whole 8 days, a miracle allowed it to happen.
Chanukah takes place during 8 days in the month, Kislev. This festival coincides with Christian Christmas, which has tended to shape its current practice. In many parts of the world, gifts are given to the children in a way similar to the Christian practice. Every day through the 8 days of Chanukah, a candle is burned in an 8- branch candelabrum.




By Tore Kjeilen