Chanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is the celebration of the victory of the Maccabees (Jewish guerrillas) over the Seleucids, a remainder of Alexander the Great’s Greeks in Judea, Syrians, and some offbeat Hebrews. The Maccabees sent the Seleucids down the beach, and recaptured the temple in Jerusalem. Of that lamp oil in the temple that was kosher, there was enough for a single night of celebration, but God made the oil last for eight nights.
A candle is lit for each of the eight nights during Chanukkah.
The Hanukkiah holds nine candles, “eight prongs with a large prong, known as a shamash, in the middle. The shamash is used to light one extra candle each night for the eight days.” - Independent
Chanukkah starts tonight at sundown and ends at sundown on December 20th. - Google
“As a Jewish man, I think there might be something about the name Whitefish but I just can’t put my finger on it.” (a version posted earlier/ edited 12-19)
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