Happy Hanukkah! Chag Sameach

The eight-day festival of lights, Hanukkah, is celebrated nightly with the lighting of the menorah, special prayers, dreidel games, and best of all, foods fried in oil. Just thinking of my mom’s delicious brisket and latkes (potato pancakes) makes my mouth water!

So what exactly are we celebrating? I recently spoke with my hometown rabbi about this special holiday. Hanukkah means “dedication,” and is thus named because it commemorates the re-dedication of the Temple of Jerusalem in the second century BC when the people of Israel, led by Judah the Maccabee and his men, defeated occupying forces in the face of overwhelming odds. As they attempted to restore their temple, which had been destroyed in the war, they discovered that there was only enough oil to light the lamp that held the eternal flame for one day. The story is that a miracle occurred, and the small amount of oil lasted for eight days. To commemorate and publicize this historical event, the rabbis instituted the festival of Hanukkah, a joyous eight-day celebration of freedom, hope, and the power of faith.‎

President Barack Obama said, "Proudly practicing our religion, whatever it might be -- and defending the rights of others to do the same -- that's our common creed.  That’s what families from coast to coast confirm when they place their menorah in the window -- not to share the candles’ glow with just our family, but also with your community and with your neighbors."

As you gather with your family and friends to celebrate Hanukkah, may the lights of the menorah brighten your home and your heart!

About the Author: Sarah Thomas serves as a Public Affairs Specialist in the State Department’s Office of Digital Engagement.

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Prathibha R.
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India
December 26, 2016

Hanukkah means dedication nice saying

Anvayaa S.
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India
December 26, 2016

Happy hanukkah - chag sameach to all. This article provided the detailed story of this festival along with the importance of it. anvayaa.com provides the same story for elderly people as this festival is dedicated to the people. Loved the words of Barak Obama always and appriciate their work.

rudra g.
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India
December 27, 2016

Happy Hanukkah to you! The eight day festival details and festival description is crystal clear as rudragraphics.com all the works. Thanks for the information which helps us to know more about this festival.

orient s.
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India
December 30, 2016

I love this hanukkah festival which is filled with lights, games, yummy food as orientspectra.com does for overseas students. I love the obma hanukkah party given by obama and happy hanukkah for all.

v s.
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India
December 30, 2016

Hanukkah festival is an awesome festival and we choose www.vshoot.com for the best photographers to take at hanukkah festival when we are in america. Obama is a wonderful person who did a great hanukkah festival. I love the main lights and games held at the festival. Hope to see such festivals more and more.

Navkettan L.
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India
December 30, 2016

President obama participation remarks on hanukkah and the party held at white house. The hanukkah festival navkettanlockers.com along with the special festival theme lights, games, yummy food all are awesome. These festivals will obviously grow the importance of culture in the society. Looking forward to see such festival more

Pooja M.
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India
December 30, 2016

Thanks Sarah G. Thomas for sharing this post!
It is always refreshing to read here.
Look forward to more updates from your end.
Happy Hanukkah!
May the lights of the menorah fulfil all your dreams.

Alina J.
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Colorado, USA
January 3, 2017
Happy Hanukkah! my dear friend
Oven-crisped potato latkes sitting on a plate next to a menorah. [AP File Photo]
Posted by Sarah G. Thomas
December 23, 2016

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