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Hanukkah – Festival of Lights

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Happy Hanukkah !

Judaism 101teaches about this special day: Known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah commemorates the 165 B.C. miracle of the oil, when a small jar that held only enough oil to keep the Jerusalem temple lights burning for one day lasted a full eight days.

Chanukkah MenorahThe only religious observance related to Chanakkah is the lighting of candles. The candles are arranged in a menorah that holds nine candles: one for each night, plus a shammus (servant) at a different height. On the first night, one candle is placed at the far right. The shammus candle is lit and three blessings are recited:  a general prayer over candles,  a prayer to thank God for performing miracles of the past, and  a general prayer thanking God for reaching this time of year.

After reciting the blessings, the first candle is lit using the shammus candle, and the shammus candle is placed in its holder. The candles are allowed to burn out on their own after a minimum of 1/2 hour.

Candlelighting ProcedureEach night, another candle is added from right to left (like the Hebrew language). Candles are lit from left to right (because you pay honor to the newer thing first). On the eighth night, all nine candles (the 8 Chanukkah candles and the shammus) are lit. On nights after the first, only the first two blessings are recited.

This event is one more expression of what an awesome God we have.  Happy Hanakkah.

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