When Is Hanukkah (Chanukah)?
Statement by President Obama on Hanukkah
"Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all who are celebrating Hanukkah around the world.
The Hanukkah story of the Maccabees and the miracles they witnessed reminds us that faith and perseverance are powerful forces that can sustain us in difficult times and help us overcome even the greatest odds.
As families, friends and neighbors gather together to kindle the lights, may Hanukkah's lessons inspire us all to give thanks for the blessings we enjoy, to find light in times of darkness, and to work together for a brighter, more hopeful tomorrow."
From THE WHITE HOUSE, Office of the Press Secretary. December 11, 2009.
The Festival of Lights: Hanukkah History: In 165 b. c., the Festival of Lights originated with Judas Maccabæus, his brothers, and the congregation of Israel to commemorate the dedication of the new altar to replace the altar polluted by Antiochus Epiphanes of Syria (1 Maccabees i. 58, iv. 59).
The feast, mentioned in John x. 22, is held for eight days (beginning with the 25th day of Kislev, correspondes to December).
The above menorah is a facsimile of the menorah that stood in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The correct hanuka menora has 9 branches in all: one for each night, plus the Shamash. Hannukah is spelled many ways- Hanukah, Chanukah, Chanuka, or Hanukkah.
Hannukah in the News:
World's Largest Chanukah Menorah Lighting on Fifth Avenue Features Menorah Designed by World-Renowned Artist, Yaacov Agam
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