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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Hanukkah Why was hanukkah so important to the jews?Hanukkah was originally not a religious holiday and is the only jewish holiday that is not mentioned inthe Torah. It was until the 1920s that jews in the unitedstates started giving more importance to the holiday,after watching their fellow american celebrating christmas. What was the history of hanukkah?The history of hanukkah, which also means dedication is the festival that commemoratesthe purification and rededication of the temple following the defilment caused by the greeksduring their occupation of the holy place. Why did the jews feel the needto celebrate hanukkah?The jews feel the need to celebrate hanukkah becauseit is big in america and becausethey want to keep the traditiongoing. Difference of hanukkah from other holidays What makes hanukkah different from christmas?Christmas is a major holidayand also a national holidaywhile hanukkah on the other hand is technically a "minorholiday" on the jewish calender as it has limited Jewish legalprohibitions about what can't and canbe done during the holiday. Importance of the holiday"Hanukkah" Why was the holiday called Hanukkah?It was called Hanukkahbecause of the jewish triumph of the religiouspersecution. How did hanukkah becomea holiday? When the miracleof the oil occured in 139 BCEthe jews celebrated. The rabbis then proclaimed that these eight days should become an annual holidayon the jewish calender. So on the next year, 139 BCE, hanukkah wascelebrated for the first time-complete with the lighting of the hanukkah menorah. Events during the eight day celebation Why was it celebrated for eightdays? When the greeks enteredthe temple they defiled all the oils and when the hasmoneans prevailed and defeated them,they searched and found onlyone curse of oil which lay with the seal of the kohen gadol. It contained only enough for oneday, yet a miracle happened andthey used it for eight days, so thisis why the jews keep the traditiongoing and light eight candle. What does hanukkahrepresent? It representsthe rededication during the second century B.Cof the second temple injerusalem. What importance is thereto give gifts on hanukkah?There is no need/ importanceto give gifts on hanukkah, but they give gifts so that jewishchildren can enjoy them just astheir christmas-celebrating peersdo. Why did hanukkahlast so long? Those who werepreparing the menorah forlighting knew that it wouldtake eight days until the new oil could be obtained. They thereforedivided the flask into eight parts, sothat at least the menorah would be lit everyday, Albeit not for the entire day. Hanukkah." A&E Television Networks. Web. 6 Mar. 2015. <>. Web. 6 Mar. 2015. < ... Chanukah Chanukah Basics>. "The Miracle of the First Night - The Miracle - Chanukah - Hanukkah." The Miracle of the First Night - The Miracle - Chanukah - Hanukkah. Web. 6 Mar. 2015. <>.
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