Happy Hanukkah (or Chanukah, Hannukah)

December 6, 2015

 No matter how you spell it, it’s the Festival of Lights, celebrated by Jews around the world, this year beginning December 6 through 14.   The most famous art forms for Hanukkah (currently favored spelling) are creative depictions of the nine-branched candelabrum:   Nine candlesticks, one for each night of the festival and an extra candle to light the other eight.

 

Hanukkah commemorates the victory of  a Jewish rebel army over the Syrians in the 165 BC.
The date of the celebration is computed on a lunisolar calendar and thus falls on different dates every year.  It always begins the 25th of Kislev, a month that generally falls in November or December of the traditional Gregorian calendar.

 

There are prayers, blessings and rejoicings.  It’s a great time of the Jewish year.   It’s a great time of the year in general.  Mazel tov!


 

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