Liverpool has quite a large Jewish community, as do most large cities, and last night (Sun 8th Dec) we went across to spectate at the lighting of the Hanukkah lights.
Hanukkah (which means, ‘dedicate’) celebrates the cleansing of the old temple after it was desecrated by Antiochus IV Epiphanies in 167 BC, and the ‘miracle of the container of oil’. After the victory of the Maccabees over the Seleucid Empire, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, which was the length of time it took to press, prepare and consecrate fresh olive oil.
See, even then it was all about oil!
The bonus of our trip was we got donuts from the Rabbi as well. SHALOM!!
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