This year Hanukkah begins the evening of November 27 and ends the evening of December 5. Also called Chanukkah or the Festival of Lights, it is a Jewish holiday which not only celebrates a extraordinary victory of a small group of brave and vastly outnumbered Jews over the mighty Syrian-Greek army, but it also commemorates a miracle that took place in the Temple after the battle. When the Jews took back possession of the Temple from their foes in the 2nd century B.C., they wanted to light the candelabrum that was supposed to burn continually in the Temple. However, there was only enough properly consecrated oil to burn for one day. They lit the candles anyway, and that one day supply of oil miraculously burned for eight days until more oil could be prepared.
A fascinating fact about Hanukkah 2013 is that it begins the evening of our Thanksgiving Day which is November 27 this year. This hasn’t happened since 1888, and some say it won’t happen again until the year 79,811!
You can find more information about the history and celebration of this special Jewish holiday at the very informative website www.chabad.org.