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Wishes for a Blessed and Happy Hanukkah: Today marks the first day of Hanukkah, a holiday that is observed for eight nights by people around the world. The holiday, commemorates the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem in the second century BC, after the people of Israel, led by Judah the Maccabee, defeated occupying forces in the face of overwhelming odds. As told in Jewish homes around the world, as the people attempted to restore their temple, which had been destroyed in the war, they discovered that there was only enough oil to light the lamp that held the eternal flame for one day. However, as relayed by generations, a miracle occurred, and the small amount of oil lasted for eight days. To commemorate this event, the rabbis instituted the festival of Hanukkah, a joyous eight-day celebration of freedom, hope, and the power of faith. ‎

Today, the Hanukkah celebration revolves around the lighting of candles on a menorah each evening over the course of eight nights. Families recite blessings during this ritual and display the menorah prominently in a window as a reminder to others of the miracle that inspired the holiday.

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Wishes for a Blessed and Happy Hanukkah: Today marks the first day of Hanukkah, a holiday that is observed for eight nights by people around the world. The holiday, commemorates the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem in the second century BC, after the people of Israel, led by Judah the Maccabee, defeated occupying forces in the face of overwhelming odds. As told in Jewish homes around the world, as the people attempted to restore their temple, which had been destroyed in the war, they discovered that there was only enough oil to light the lamp that held the eternal flame for one day. However, as relayed by generations, a miracle occurred, and the small amount of oil lasted for eight days. To commemorate this event, the rabbis instituted the festival of Hanukkah, a joyous eight-day celebration of freedom, hope, and the power of faith. ‎Today, the Hanukkah celebration revolves around the lighting of candles on a menorah each evening over the course of eight nights. Families recite blessings during this ritual and display the menorah prominently in a window as a reminder to others of the miracle that inspired the holiday.