The week of Rededication begins….


Today is thmenorahe beginning of Chanukah or Hanukkah. According to eHow, “The word Chanukah or Hanukkah means rededication, in the case of the holiday rededication of the temple after the Maccabees’ victory over the Greek-Syrians. It is an eight-day long Jewish holiday that is also called the Festival of Lights. Chanukah is the Romanized version of the word Hanukkah. The term Hanukkah is used more commonly than the word Chanukah.”

Read more : http://www.ehow.com/about_6550953_meaning-chanukah_.html

For a full historical account, also read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanukkah

Please be sure to share your newly discovered words, favorite words or weird words and phrases here with us today!

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2 thoughts on “The week of Rededication begins….

  1. Thank you Diane. This is a simplistic definition of Channukah which actually symbolizes THE MIRACLE of Lights. When the Temple was destroyed, the consecrated oil which was used to create light was destroyed, all but a thimble full for 1 night of light. Once it was lit, the lamp burned for 8 days (THE MIRACLE). Further, it took exactly 8 days to create and consecrate NEW OIL to be used ❤ Channukah also symbolizes the determination & heroism of The Macabees who fought to save The Temple. Now we have an 8 branched Channukiah (Menorah) with an additional "Shamesh"… or designated candle to light all the others in succession 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 😉 Since OIL represents The Miracle, we also eat (yummy) friend foods like potato latkes (pancakes) and Sufganiyot (jelly donuts). The custumary greeting is "Chag Channukah Samaech" or Happy & Joyful Channukah

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    1. Thank you for the in-depth exploration of this holy tradition RS. My post was only meant to define the word (as today is the day when I introduce word meanings to my FB group), rather than give a full account of the traditions of the holy week. It is so sweet to see and feel all the love and hope that this time of year engenders in people of all faiths! Blessed Be my old friend!

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