Hanukah, the eight-day Festival of Lights celebrates freedom and the miracle of oil burning for eight days. It is a holiday of light, festivities and fun.

In the days of the Jewish Temple, the seven-branched menorah was kept alight as an eternal reminder of God. When the Temple was conquered by a king called Antiochus he ordered the Jewish people to bow down and worship stone idols, something forbidden in Judaism.

A band of soldiers called the Maccabees, led by Judah, defeated the king and recaptured the Temple. Once inside the Maccabees re kindled the menorah with what they thought was enough oil to last one night, instead it burned for eight.

The eight branched hanukiah reminds us of the eight nights that the oil lasted. 

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