The Miracle of Hanukkah

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In the year 165 B.C.E., Mattathias and the Maccabees defeated the Syrians and reclaimed their Great Temple in Jerusalem. Though they planned an eight-day celebration to rededicate the Temple, they had lamp oil for only one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days. Every year Jews around the world celebrate this miracle at Hanukkah. Now internationally acclaimed artist and graphic designer Seymour Chwast retells the story of Hanukkah in an innovative format in which pages gradually increase in size. This Hanukkah book is sure to become a family favorite.

Hanukkah is the only Jewish holiday not mentioned in the Torah, as the events occurred after it was written. Finally, it may be said that due to the influence of Christmas, gift-giving has also become a practice of Hanukkah.

In fact, the major mitzvah (commandment) of Hanukkah is "to publicize the miracle..." Maimonides says: "The mitzvah of lighting a Hanukkah lamp is a very well-loved mitzvah and one needs to be very careful to do it in order to proclaim the miracle and to add praise to God and gratitude for the miracles God did for us." The Oil that Fueled the Hanukkah Miracle Sunday evening marks the beginning of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Jews celebrate their victory over a tyrant king and the rededication of the Temple ... The Hanukkah "Miracle" According to the Talmud, one of Judaism's most central texts, Judah Maccabee and the other Jews who took part in the rededication of the Second Temple witnessed what ... : lighting Hanukkah candles and saying the accompanying blessings.