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An Extraordinary Chanukah, Indeed

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Chanukah, the joyous Jewish holiday, begins tonight. And this year 5778 is an historical one, in light of President Trump’s righteous recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish homeland.

Wishing my readers and supporters a happy, happy Chanukah. I, for one, will be celebrating like it’s 1999. I hope you’ll join us in the celebration of life, love, and the triumph of the good over evil, light over darkness – a celebration of the Jewish fight for freedom in 165 B.C.  Still we live to fight another day, thousands of years later. Same fight.

It’s the festival of lights.

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Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods. The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication,” and is thus named because it celebrates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple.

The Holy Jewish Temple that the Islamic world and their voluntary captives in the international community work to deny the Jewish people of.

In the second century BCE, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who tried to force the people of Israel to accept Greek culture and beliefs instead of mitzvah observance and belief in G‑d. Against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews, led by Judah the Maccabee, defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of G‑d.

When they sought to light the Temple’s Menorah (the seven-branched candelabrum), they found only a single cruse of olive oil that had escaped contamination by the Greeks. Miraculously, they lit the menorah and the one-day supply of oil lasted for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under conditions of ritual purity.

To commemorate and publicize these miracles, the sages instituted the festival of Chanukah. (Chabad)

Baruch HaShem!

Something lovely from the Hanukkah famous a cappella group, the Maccabeats.

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