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