Hanukkah is celebrated around the world, wherever there are Jewish people. Hanukkah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls in November or December. This year, Hanukkah begins on Sunday 28 November, and ends on Monday 6 December.
Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts to reaffirm the ideals of Judaism. Over eight days and nights, the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem is commemorated through lighting an additional candle each night.
According to the Talmud, when Judas Maccabeus entered the Second Temple of Jerusalem, he found only a small jar of oil that had not been defiled by Antiochus IV Epiphanes. The jar contained only enough oil to burn for one day, but miraculously the oil burned for eight days until new consecrated oil could be found, establishing the precedent that the festival should last eight days.
We send our best wishes to our Jewish community for this celebration.