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Hanukkah: a small light can banish a lot of darkness

December 1, 2013 • Local News

Amy Vogelsang
Record Staff Writer

The following is the first part of a three-part series: The History of Holiday Traditions.

In her window stands a menorah, a candelabrum of sorts also called a hanukkiyah. Eight candles burn brightly through the curtains, winking at the dark world outside.
As the days have gotten shorter and winter breathes her chilly breath on the world, one of the most well known Jewish holidays has begun.
Hanukkah.
It’s a term and holiday most have at least heard of, but how many really know the history or traditions of the Jewish Festival of Lights?
Hanukkah is not actually mentioned in the Bible, but it comes from the writings of rabbis passed down through histories. And even from one family to another, the traditions do not vary as much as is sometimes seen Login to read more

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