First celebrated more than 2,000 years ago, Hanukkah commemorates the victory of the Jews over the Syrians and the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. When the Jews first re-entered the temple, they only found enough oil to keep the eternal light burning for a single day. Miraculously, the small amount of oil lasted for eight days. Because of this, Hanukkah is known as the "Festival of Lights." The menorah is an important part of Hanukkah celebrations all over the world. It holds the candles that are lit on each night of the holiday. Menorahs can be traditional or they can be fun and whimsical. Candles used in the menorah can be multi-colored, or blue and white, to represent the colors of the Israeli flag. This particular menorah was made about 1996. On each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, a candle is lit and a blessing is said. Oily foods, like latkes, are eaten to symbolize the importance of the oil.
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Jews -- History -- 586 B.C.-70 A.D.
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