Hanukkah, The Festival of Lights by heatherfriedman

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Tonight December 8th 2012 (year 5773 Jewish calendar) is the first night of Hanukkah
This is my Menorah, with the eight candles, some chocolate Chanukah gelt and a dreidel! !
Dedicated to Vivian Gordon, a beautiful Christian lady.
Viv..This is a holiday that Christ would have celebrated.

The Hanukkah Story
In 168 B.C.E. the Jewish Temple was seized by Syrian-Greek soldiers and dedicated to the worship of the god Zeus. This upset the Jewish people, but many were afraid to fight back for fear of reprisals. Then in 167 B.C.E. the Syrian-Greek emperor Antiochus made the observance of Judaism an offense punishable by death. He also ordered all Jews to worship Greek gods.
Jewish resistance began in the village of Modiin, near Jerusalem. Greek soldiers forcibly gathered the Jewish villages and told them to bow down to an idol, then eat the flesh of a pig – both practices that are forbidden to Jews. A Greek officer ordered Mattathias, a High Priest, to acquiesce to their demands, but Mattathias refused. When another villager stepped forward and offered to cooperate on Mattathias’ behalf, the High Priest became outraged. He drew his sword and killed the villager, then turned on the Greek officer and killed him too. His five sons and the other villagers then attacked the remaining soldiers, killing all of them.

Mattathias and his family went into hiding in the mountains, where other Jews wishing to fight against the Greeks joined them. Eventually they succeeded in retaking their land from the Greeks. These rebels became known as the Maccabees, or Hasmoneans.

Once the Maccabees had regained control they returned to the Temple in Jerusalem. By this time it had been spiritually defiled by being used for the worship of foreign gods and also by practices such as sacrificing swine. Jewish troops were determined to purify the Temple by burning ritual oil in the Temple’s menorah for eight days. But to their dismay, they discovered that there was only one day’s worth of oil left in the Temple. They lit the menorah anyway and to their surprise the small amount of oil lasted the full eight days.

This is the miracle of the Hanukkah oil that is celebrated every year when Jews light a special menorah known as a hanukkiyah for eight days. One candle is lit on the first night of Hanukkah, two on the second, and so on, until eight candles are lit.

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  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanover 2 years ago

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous capture and lighting Heather. :o)

  • Many thanks!

    – heatherfriedman

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombover 2 years ago

    Really a beautiful photo

  • I am so glad you think so!

    – heatherfriedman

  • Judith Hayes
    Judith Hayesover 2 years ago

    Beautiful Menorah Heather… gorgeous lighting. Wishing you a Happy Hanukkah and a blessed season.

  • Thank you for your lovely comment, and Happy /Merry Christmas! I have a Xmas tree and a Menorah.. been this way all my life!

    – heatherfriedman

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumover 2 years ago

    Congratulations, Dec. 9th 2012 – Shirley, Jean & Rene

  • I am so pleased.. thank you very very much!

    – heatherfriedman

  • vigor
    vigorover 2 years ago

    This is gorgeous, and I love this holiday feast, a beautiful celebration. I know the dreidel was invented as a secret game that only the Jewish children could understand at this time in history when they were being attacked for their beliefs. God multiplies many things and this oil for the burning was one of them. Thank you for sharing this, and thank you for this beautiful dedication. You are very sweet!!!

  • trish725
    trish725over 2 years ago

  • Thanks Trish!

    – heatherfriedman

    JOSEPHMAZZUCCOover 2 years ago

    beautiful work, heather.. a pleasure to fav !

  • Thank you so very much!

    – heatherfriedman

  • leapdaybride
    leapdaybrideover 2 years ago
  • VERY honored Thank you!

    – heatherfriedman

  • RGHunt
    RGHuntover 2 years ago


  • Oh My! Thanks SOOOO much!

    – heatherfriedman

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