The festival of Hanukkah occurs for eight nights, usually in November or December. However, many people might not know the history and traditions of the Jewish holiday. Here’s what you need to know about Hanukkah.
What is the history behind Hanukkah?
According to Biblical text, the Maccabean revolt began when Mattathias the Hasmonean refused to worship the Greek gods. Hanukkah, in particular, commemorates the victory of Judah Maccabee over the Seleucids.Rabbinic tradition states that the Maccabees couldn’t find enough oil to light their commemorative Menorah for one night, but it miraculously stayed lit for eight nights.
How does one light a Menorah?
The most common Hanukkah tradition is lighting the menorah. Many Jewish families will have those in their homes. Jewish organizations and communities as a whole may have larger menorahs displayed in public venues. The menorah is lit with a primary candle first, followed by an additional candle for each night throughout the eighth night. So, on the first night, the primary candle and an additional candle are lit, on the second night two additional candles are lit, so on for the entire eight night. Candles are added to the menorah from right to left, but lit each night from starting with the left-most candle.
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