The story of Hanukkah begins with the Greek invasion of the known world. Antiochus IV, a successor of Alexander the Great, was given control of the region. He quickly initiated severe means of persecuting the Jewish population. The persecution ranged from placing a Hellenistic priest in the Temple to prohibiting Jewish religious expression, to outright murder of Jews. What ultimately drove the Jewish people to revolt was the sacrifice of a pig on the Temple’s altar. Two groups opposed Antiochus: a nationalistic group led by Mattathias and his son Judah Maccabee, and a religious group which ended up being the forerunner of the Pharisees. They joined forces in revolt against persecution.
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Hanukkah is celebrated beginning on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev. While Christians traditionally give gifts on Christmas, many Jewish people give gifts on all eight nights of Hanukkah!
The eight-day celebration commemorates God saving His people from Antiochus IV – a brutal despot who forbade the Jewish people from practicing their faith. He also desecrated the Temple by carrying out pagan sacrifices there. As legend tells us, after a successful revolt, a single cruse of holy oil burned in the Temple for eight days until more could be procured by the priests of the Temple. Each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, a candle is added until all eight candles of the hanukkiah (candleholder), plus the shamash (servant candle), burn brightly in the windows of Jewish homes throughout the world.
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Lighting of the Menorah
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