Hannukah: Jewish Tradition and It's Meaning
Hannukah: The other holiday in December
Everyone has heard of Hannukah and knows that it is a Jewish Holiday near Christmas, but do most people know what it's all about? If you are Jewish, yes but most people have no clue. I will share the meaning and tradition of Hannukah with you. It is actually a very interesting holiday that lasts 8 days and 8 nights.
In Hebrew, the word "hannukah" literally means dedication. In 168 BC, the Holy Temple was seized by the Syrian Greeks who used as a temple for Zeus. The Hebrew people rededicated the temple after taking it back in 165 BC. The temple was then rededicated to EL Shaddai or God.
Today, the Jews light a mennorah in remembrance of this great victory by celebration for eight days. They light one candle the first day, two the second and so on and so forth until they reach the eighth day.
The use of the menorrah was somewhat of a miracle. After regaining control of the temple, the Jewish people lit a special kind of oil to commemorate this occasion but there was not enough oil to last the eight days. To their suprise and wonder, the small amount of oil lasted the full eight days which was a miracle.
According to Jewish law, Hannukah is one of the lesser holidays to celebrate. In recent years, gifts were added so that their children would not feel left out by Christmas. It is celebrated in late November to late December according to the Hebrew calendar.