Hanukkah – Part 1

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The history of Hanukkah started around 200 BCE after the destruction of the second temple, when Israel was taken over by the Greek-Syrians. Years later in 168 BCE, the Jews revolted and rededicated the temple.  To do that, they had to replace most things in it. One of the things replaced was the menorah (a seven armed lamp used to show the day of the week). After replacing the menorah, they only had enough oil for one day. It took them eight days to make oil and get it to the temple but when they lit the menorah it stayed lit for the eight days it took to make the oil, creating the miracle of Hanukkah.