Published: Wed, December 13, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Hanukkah 2017: Why Is It 8 Days?

Hanukkah 2017: Why Is It 8 Days?

"We increased it because there are a lot of things that are happening in the world, not so happy things - tragedies and all these bombings and all these suiciders, running and ramming down people", said Borenstein.

The Jewish holiday Hanukkah is upon us, and to mark the eight-day holiday, dignitaries will gather to light the National Menorah across from the White House, and families will light their own nine-armed menorahs, known as Hanukkiot, one candle per day for eight days.

The rabbi who put on the event said Lowe's donated all of the pieces to make the menorah.

He said everyone in the community can take part in the mitzvah or good deed by spreading the light themselves.

There was no Christmas tree and the presents were small, but meaningful. The effect is repeated each year on a grander scale, as menorahs are lit around the world.

Thus the celebration of Hanukkah is a celebration of the right to worship as one sees fit. "We hope that those observing the holiday here, in Israel, and around the world have a wonderful holiday", the United States president said. "Plus, honestly, we have so much fun, why not?" Since the eight-day celebration begins at the 25th day of Kislev, the ninth month on the Hebrew calendar which is based on the lunar cycle, its exact date varies anywhere from late November to the end of December.

The opportunity for celebrating Jewish holidays like this one is not taken for granted in Europe, including in Bulgaria. The Greeks had destroyed oil the used for lighting candles.

Jewish families often eat latkes (potato fritters) , pontshkes (jelly-filled doughnuts) and other olive-oil-laden foods.

"Each night, we light candles", said Schuster.

Jeffrey Hoffman, who in 1993 helped fix the Hubble Telescope as part of the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, celebrated Hanukkah above the earth by twirling his dreidel, showing his Hanukkah supplies and wishing Jews everywhere a happy Hanukkah during live satellite communication. This year, for the first time, the Chabad is hosting a Hanukkah Music and Food Festival.

On Dec. 18 at 5:30 will host a menorah lighting ceremony at Town Hall in partnership with Jewish Aurora. This continues every night until the eighth and final night of Hanukkah. For Jews, Hanukkah is the celebration of a miracle, a military victory and religious freedom.

Here's a list of the traditional food served during this Jewish festival.

Although Hanukkah today is one of the most popular and recognizable of Jewish holidays in the minds of non-Jews, this is only a relatively recent development, one rooted in American history and culture.

Admission: Entertainment is free.

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