Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Chanukah

Today at Sunset will start the first day of Chanukah an eight-day Jewish observance that remembers the Jewish people's struggle for religious freedom. The story is that during the "rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE.)*" an oil lamp with just enough oil for one day was lit, but a miracle occurred and the lamp stayed lit for 8 days. 
In homes around the world tonight the first candle will be lit on special menorahs. And each night after for 8 nights a new candle will be lit. 
President Obama's Chanukah greetings can be found here:  Statement by the President on Hanukkah
 and you can see him at: 
 Hanukkah at the White House

 Quotes by Thomas Carlyle
“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.”
"He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything."

 Chag Sameach

*from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanukkah

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