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Every year between the end of November and the end of December, Jewish people around the world celebrate the holiday of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. Chanukah (word means "rededication") begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, on the year of 3622. This holiday celebrates the events which took place over 2,300 years ago in the land of Judea, which is now Israel. In order to remember this miracle, we light a Menorah for the eight days of Chanukah. This year (5765 / 2004-2005) Chanukah began on December 8, and ended on December 15, 2004. As, you can see Hashem is always watching over the Jews, keeping them under his protection.

Chanukah is an eight day holiday which started when a great victory of the Jews came about. The story starts when a war was led by the Maccabees (Jews), against Greeks'. They were treated unfairly in Syria, Israel because of their religious beliefs by ruler, Antiochus III.

No Jew was allowed to practice anything religious or if caught death would follow (so most would do it secret). The unfair religious treatment caused the war to emerge, and with their victory the nation of Israel wouldn't be under the Greek's control anymore. In addition to the victorious war, another great miracle came about. When the nation of Israel entered the Temple to themselves, for they were ritually impure because they killed/caused death during the battles, finding the whole temple to be destroyed. The torah was ripped up, everything was smashed, idols and pigs were placed, etc.

When someone was impure in this particular situation, they could only be purified through a process that takes seven days. Pure olive oil was needed with an unbroken seal of the high priest on it was, for the ritual, but...