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Hanukkah Begins!

Tonight marks the first night of Hanukkah, which means “dedication” or “consecration” in Hebrew and commemorates the miracle of the container of oil, when the lights in the temple lamp burned for eight nights even though there was barely enough oil to last one night.

Jewish families light a candle for each night of Hanukkah on a special candelabra called a menorah.  Many families also eat foods fried in oil, such as potato latkes (which are fantastic) and jam-filled doughnuts (who can argue with that).

Happy Hanukkah! Chag Urim Sameach!

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