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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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Explanation: Hoshi was best friends with the moon girl, Sina who secretly loved him but they drifted apart when Hoshi met Dimitre, a Russian boy. He hung out with Dimitre more and they both fell in love with each other. However, Sina was jealous and so she got Cira, the sun girl, who was in love with Dimitre to distract him and hang out with him. Dimitre was too kind to reject her so he just hung out with her. In the shadows, Sina was bullying and threatening Hoshi not to meet with Dimitre because if he did she would hurt Dimitre. One day Hoshi couldn't handle it and so he ran to find Dimitre after school. He saw Dimitre and went towards him only to get hit by a car. Dimitre saw Hoshi lying on the floor and rushed towards him and hugged him while Hoshi slowly died in his arms. Dimitre never got over his death after that point.
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There once was a boy named Hoshi. Just like his name his smile was as bright as the stars in the sky. One day he met another boy who's eyes were a mixture of the aqua ocean and green land, Earth. His name was Dimitre and he came from a far away land. They fell hard for each other. Their love stronger than anything in the galaxy. The star left the moon's side to join hands with the earth in their journey of love. But a girl carrying a name that meant the moon felt jealous. Jealous of the stars love for the Earth. She wanted to make it so that Hoshi could never meet Dimitre again, and with the help of another girl with her sun-kissed hair, the star could never see the Earth. The sun would blind the Earth so much that he couldn't see Hoshi who would shine brightly with teary eyes, and then when the sun would go to sleep so did the Earth, and only the stars would feel pain. Months went by and Hoshi's heart only broke harder and harder until a plan popped in his brain. The star, lost and all alone, cut off the wings that allowed him to shine and he fell out of the sky with hot fiery pain. Dimitre saw Hoshi in his hurt and painful state and embraced him. They could finally be together. Only for a brief moment, until Hoshi could feel himself slip into a deep sleep wrapped in Dimitre's arms. The star had gone out, and had left a gaping hole in the Earth's heart that could never be filled.
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I appreciate it, but that doesn't help my conscience.  To me, you're practically saying "if one of us dies, that's okay because there are still plenty of other humans all around the world".  I don't put other animals above us, of course, but they still exist.  Anyway, good day.  Enjoy this egg's before  [s:p/1n9v] and after  [s:p/1n7e] because I'm not sure how to say "good day" without sounding sarcastic.
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