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Hanukkah 2017: The eight cities to visit during the Jewish festival

Hanukkah 2017: The eight cities to visit during the Jewish festival”

On Wednesday, there will be a public Hanukkah concert at 11 a.m.in the first floor lobby of the Kirklin Clinic.

Once the Jews defeated the Hellenist Syrian forces of Antiochus IV at the end of a three-year rebellion, the temple in Jerusalem, which the occupiers had dedicated to the worship of Zeus, was rededicated by Judah Maccabee, who led the insurgency begun by his father, the high priest Mattathias.

Hanukkah - which means dedication in Hebrew - is observed around the world by lighting candles in a special menorah called a Hanukkiah each day at sundown for eight days, with an additional candle added each day. The oil, however, burned for eight days in what was held to be a miracle.

It was thought there was only enough olive oil to light candles inside the temple for one night.

After another song, the crowd sung blessings and three of the nine lights on the menorah were illuminated, leading to more singing and dancing and the sharing of traditional Jewish food. There are free dreidels (spinning tops) and menorah kits, as well as latkes (fried potato pancakes) and jelly donuts.

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"At its core, Hanukkah is about peace", said Drew Diamond, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Tulsa.

Hannukah Gelt: It is customary to give gelt (money) to children during this holiday so they learn the importance of giving to charity and helping others.

"We increased it because there are a lot of things that are happening in the world, not so happy things - tragedies and all these bombings and all these suiciders, running and ramming down people", said Borenstein.

That's good news for Jews and non-Jews alike who want to travel during the eight-day period: because it's a joyous time instead of a period of mourning, shops, museums, and other attractions are open for much of the week, and its usual proximity to Christmas often makes it convenient to time with school holidays. "The descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob have endured unthinkable persecution and oppression".



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