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The Hanukkah Story aka Miracle

Dec 15, 2016

The year was about 165 BC. A group of men led by Judah the Maccabee climbed to the top of a mountain overlooking Jerusalem. They were about to complete a great victory, a triumph that lives on as the miracle of Hanukkah.

After the death of Alexander the Great his Empire was divided among his generals and the land of Israel came under the rule of the Syrian-Greek King Antiochus, who wanted all Jewish people to convert to his own religion.

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King Antiochus started being so ruthless when it came to religion that he earned himself the nickname Antiochus the Madman. He even filled the Jews' holy temple with his own idols (statues of gods) and forbade them from observing their own holidays and traditions.

Then Matthew came along, a man who wasn't afraid to stand up to Antiochus. With his five sons he started a war against the Syrian-Greeks. When he died, his sons, lead by Judah the Maccabee, continued the fight.

Judah and his men won many battles and defeated the mightiest armies of Syria. But then the enemy destroyed the Jews' holy temple. Judah and his men saw it happen as they stood on that mountain overlooking Jerusalem in 165 BC. And when they finally got to the ruined temple, they found that the only thing that the Syrians hadn't destroyed was one tiny jug of olive oil, which people used back then to fire up their oil lamps for light.

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And here's the miracle: that one small jug of oil, which technically shouldn't have been enough to light one lamp for one night, lit Judah and his followers' special lamp (called a menorah) for eight whole nights! Those eight miraculous days were chosen as the eternal symbol to commemorate the miracle of Hanukkah. Today, we light the menorah for eight days to remember the miracle that happened 2000 years ago!

Video: How To Light The Menorah

 

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What's Your Fave Hanukkah Song?

  • I Have a Little Dreidel.
  • The Hanukkah Song by Adam Sandler.
  • Come Light the Menorah.

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CaptJolee
CaptJolee posted in Debating:
( practically this is anyone of any age cause like oracle said people get too attached to this mobile devices and on one should be having a phone in any grade or school and i heard this alot in my last school as well ( " oh im just using it for studying purposes") first off why would any one have a phone during a test or something when they should be instead learning in it in actual class but i can also understand that since teachers make it so boring to listen that the students just go off into day dreaming ik cause i do it all the time during class
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CaptJolee
CaptJolee posted in Debating:
yeah like we need phones in school, here is a example for a kid in school with phone ( *5 hours later, "timmy did you do your assignment", " no",  "and why not"....... "Because i was on my phone watching jackseptieye"
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XxRuby_PhoenixxX
"AwesomeIvysaurGirl34" wrote:This is good! I would love for you to continue this story, I need to find out the past mysteries of this man's life XDDeep. 
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AwesomeIvysaurGirl34
This is good! I would love for you to continue this story, I need to find out the past mysteries of this man's life XD
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XxRuby_PhoenixxX
I mean to be honest I'm 10 and I have the iPhone 6, so no. They should get it 10+.
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