The Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks) under Antiochus Epiphanes (2nd century BCE), at the instigation of the Hellenizers, had forbidden various Torah-practices such as Sabbath-observance and circumcision, rededicated the Jewish Temple to a Greek idol, and pressed the Jews to offer up sacrifices to the idol. One of the leading elder Jewish sages called upon the people to keep observing the Torah anyway; and if necessary, to use force in resisting the decrees.When a Hellenized Jew offered a sacrifice to the Greek idols in a nearby village, the sage killed him as well as the Greek overseer. This brought a violent reaction from the Greeks; and the loyal Jews, led by the Hasmonean family, were forced to retreat from their towns and strike out at the Greeks in an attempt to oust them from the Holy Land and to enable the people to once again observe the Torah. The Torah-Jews were heavily outnumbered by the attacking Greek armies, but God gave them miraculous victories again and again.
After three years of struggle, the Greek armies retreated from Jerusalem, and the Hasmoneans (also called Maccabees) entered the Holy Temple which the Greeks had defiled, reconsecrated it to God, and began the Temple service once more.
Among other things, they wanted to relight the olive oil candelabrum (Exodus ch.25), but could only find one day's supply of undefiled oil - and it would take eight days to make and bring some more. Miraculously, the menorah stayed lit for eight days (Talmud, Shabbat 21b), allowing enough time for new oil to be prepared and brought.
The significance of the miracle is that it demonstrated that God's presence was still there. The Torah-community was overjoyed, because God's presence meant everything to them. This is what Hanukkah represents: the closeness to God; and the avoidance of Hellenization (assimilation).
The Torah-Sages instituted the festival of Hanukkah at that time (Talmud, Shabbat 21b), to publicize the miracle (Rashi commentary, ibid). This is why we light our Hanukkah-menorahs. (The Hanukkah-menorah, or hanukkiyah, is a special form of the original seven-branched menorah. Our Hanukkah-menorahs have eight spaces for oil, or candles, to mark each of the eight days for which the oil lasted, and a ninth to hold the shamash, a candle used to light the others.)
The Al-Hanisim prayer which we recite during Hanukkah centers around the Hasmoneans' victory and rededication of the Temple, while the candle-lighting commemorates the miracle of the oil. Though the military victory is prominently mentioned in the prayers, it wouldn't have been celebrated if not for the miracle of the oil.
It should also be noted that the main goal for which the Maccabees fought was not political independence. They fought to enable the people to observe the Torah's commandments; as we say in the Al Hanisim prayer: "The Greeks sought to cause us to forget Your Torah and leave Your statutes."
Hanukkah is great to celebrate and i hoped you enjoyed this story!
Hanukkah is the only Jewish holiday not biblical.
The story of Hanukkah is not in the bible. When the war between the Jews and the Syrian-Greeks occurred in 165 BCE, the Hebrew Bible was already written. The Story of Hanukkah is recorded in the Apocryphal book of the Maccabees and in the Talmud (Shabbat 21b).
Hanukkah was instituted after the canon of the Hebrew Bible was sealed.
Hanukkah is not mentioned in the Bible. The story of Hanukkah occurred after the events of the Bible.
Nothing, except that they are fried in oil, and oil is a major part of the Hanukkah story.
The events of Hanukkah occurred some 150 years before his time.
The Nanny - 1993 The Hanukkah Story 6-10 is rated/received certificates of: Argentina:Atp
Hanukkah is a minor holiday that commemorates the victory of the Jews against the Syrian-Greeks in the Maccabean War of 165 BCE. The Hebrew Bible was already written by then, so the story is not in the Bible.
Saying the blessings and lighting the Hanukkah-menorah (Hanukkiyah) Singing the customary songs, such as Maoz Tzur Playing with the dreidel Eating the customary foods, such as latkes or jelly doughnuts Telling the children the story of Hanukkah Giving Hanukkah-gelt (coins) to the children Saying the Hanukkah-prayers, such as Hallel and Al Hanisim.
Because the story of Hanukkah involves oil that miraculously lasted for 8 days, even though it was only enough for 1 day.
Yes, in the Deuterocanonical books of the Catholic Bible the story is found in the Book of Maccabees. It is also referred to by Jesus and His disciple in John chapter 10 (the Feast of the Dedication).Answer:(In response to the above): Note that the book of Maccabees is not part of the Hebrew Bible. Hanukkah was instituted about 175 years after the Hebrew canon was sealed. So the Jewish answer is that Hanukkah is not in the Bible.
The Hasmoneans (Hashmonaim).
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Hanukkah is the name of Hanukkah. In Hebrew it is spelled חֲנֻכָּה
Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration:http://judaism.answers.com/jewish-holidays/hanukkah
Hanukkah is a holiday, not a person.
We visited family this year for Hanukkah.Hanukkah is celebrated by Jewish people in December.Happy Hanukkah Sarah!
The story of Hanukkah took place in Israel. Back then it was called Judea. The war generally took place not far from Jerusalem and of course, the Hasmoneans rededicated the temple in Jerusalem following their victory.
The Syrian Greeks (also called the Seleucid Empire).
Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah. (They are not called "Hanukkah people")
There is no Jewish tradition of eating tamales on Hanukkah.