Happy Hanukkah

Hanukkah is the story of a great victory of the Jews over the Syrian-Greeks. In 165 BCE, led by the Hasmonean family of Mattathias the High Priest and his youngest son, Judah, the Jews succeeded in evicting the Syrian-Greeks from Israel and restored the Temple.

According to the Talmud, after the Temple had been cleaned and the Priests were ready to light the Temple menorah, they could find only one jug of oil that was fit to use. This was only enough for one day, but it lasted for eight. This is why Hanukah is eight days long. For eight days beginning on the twenty-fifth day of the month of Kislev we light the menorah to celebrate the victory and the miracle of Hanukah.

Hanukkah comes from the Hebrew word “Khanu” meaning ‘and they rested,’ and from the Hebrew date Kaf Hey which equals 25. That is why we celebrate Hanukah beginning on the 25th of the month of Kislev.

Miracle of the Oil
Why is it important that the oil lasted eight days?
In the temple, a menorah was lit every day. The oil used in the menorah was the purest olive oil. The rabbis say the oil was so pure, only the first drop of oil from each olive could be used. Because of the need for strict purity of the oil, it took seven days to make a single batch of oil.The small jar of oil that had not been disturbed lasted for the one day it was expected to last and continued for the full week it took to make new oil.


9 Responses

  1. Happy Hannucah, Louise! We celebrated it at scholl and my sis made Levivod!

  2. go ahead…say it…OMG! 😀 😀

  3. It was Madonna who has been my loving ray of light all these years, always there for me and so many of us embracing our loving family.

    Blessed are those who are loving.

  4. And now I am here for her, and I feel the same way she does everyday.


  5. Miracle of the oil is a great metaphor, but nothing beyond that.

  6. Enjoy you day today Madonna, for it is truly a special day…may you see and feel the real you and me today. I do…everyday.

  7. hello Maddona,
    i’m from Tel Aviv wishing you
    Happy hanuka
    dont eat too mach Leviviot or donuts………..
    yo’ll get FAT!!!!!!!!!!!!


  8. just wanted to say i don’t do Hanukkah for years and i don’t miss it much i do Christmas instead just for fun but yeah Hanukkah is still nice :-D……

  9. Hi Louise,
    Did you ever hear Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah song? It’s so funny. I’m not sure if you’re celebrating Chanuka or not, but if you were, he could put you in his song, like this: “Even Madonnica is celebrating Hanukkah!” Works, right?
    Only 3 nights left. It’s awesome in a quiet, penetrating kind of way. Full of home and hope and respect for ancient and very present struggles. I wish this deep light for you and yours.

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