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Chanukah : Strength in Unity

Chanukah (Hanukkah) starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev, and lasts for eight days.
The story of Hanukkah took place during the time of the Second Temple when the Greek regime of Antiochus sought to pull Jews away from their religion and heritage. Matityahu led the Jewish army in trying to drive out the enemy,
after three years the Maccabees were, against all odds, able to succeed in driving out the foreigners from their land.
When the Jews re-entered the Holy Temple they found it in shambles and idols were scattered everywhere.
When it came time to re-light and re-dedicate the holy Menorah, they searched the entire Temple, but found only one jar of pure oil bearing the seal of the High Priest. An amazing miracle happened as that small jar of oil burned for eight days until a new supply of oil could be brought, hence the name Hanukkah, meaning ’dedication’.

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