The eight-day holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the second century BCE, after a small army led by Judah the Maccabee drove the Greeks from Israel and reclaimed the temple. When they lit the temple’s menorah — a candelabra — they found only a one-day supply of olive oil that had not been contaminated by the Greeks. Miraculously, that one-day supply of oil lasted eight days, until a new supply of ritually pure oil could be prepared.
And so, Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights.
To our Jewish friends and neighbors, we extend our heartfelt wishes for a Happy Hanukkah.
It seems more important than ever this year at Hanukkah to commemorate the ancient miracle and the resilience of the Jewish people and to mark the way forward with light, a symbol of hope piercing the darkness that envelopes the world during this extraordinarily difficult time.
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