SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – In just a couple days, Jewish people around the world will celebrate the eight day festival of Hanukkah by lighting a Menorah and adding a candle every night for eight nights.
Hanukkah celebrates the re-dedication of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem in 165 BCE after a small band of Maccabees were miraculously victorious over a vast Greek army. Once rededicated, the Jews found only enough oil to light the temple’s menorah for one day but it miraculously lasted for eight day.
Hanukkah begins Sunday evening when the first candle of the menorah is lit.
These are some traditions associated with Hanukkah:
• Hanukkah foods: Traditionally, Jews eat oily food to commemorate the miracle with the oil, such as sufganiot (donuts) and latkes (potato pancakes).
• While Judaism is generally celebrated at home or in a synagogue, Hanukkah is more public facing, promoting its universal message of freedom.
• Because of the difference in the Jewish and Gragorian calendars, Hanukkah is early this year.
• The message of Hanukkah: Freedom of religion and the power of light over darkness.
Rabbi Yeruchem Eilfort was in studio to tell us more about the holiday.
For more info: Hanukkah.org