Hanukah

Hannukah, the Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights, is an eight day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev.

The story of Hanukah begins in the reign of Alexander the Great. Alexander conquered Syria, Egypt and Palestine, but allowed the lands under his control to continue observing their own religions and retain a certain degree of autonomy. Under this relatively benevolent rule, many Jews assimilated much of Hellenistic culture, adopting the language, the customs and the dress of the Greeks, in much the same way that Jews in America today blend into the secular American society.

More than a century later, a successor of Alexander, Antiochus IV was in control of the region. He began to oppress the Jews severely, placing a Hellenistic priest in the Temple, massacring Jews, prohibiting the practice of the Jewish religion, and desecrating the Temple by requiring the sacrifice of pigs (a non-kosher animal) on the altar. Two groups opposed Antiochus: a basically nationalistic group led by Mattathias the Hasmonean and his son Judah Maccabee, and a religious traditionalist group known as the Chasidim, the forerunners of the Pharisees (no direct connection to the modern movement known as Chasidism). They joined forces in a revolt against both the assimilation of the Hellenistic Jews and oppression by the Seleucid Greek government. The revolution succeeded and the Temple was rededicated.

According to tradition as recorded in the Talmud, at the time of the rededication, there was very little oil left that had not been defiled by the Greeks. Oil was needed for the menorah in the Temple, which was supposed to burn throughout the night every night. There was only enough oil to burn for one day, yet miraculously, it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of oil for the menorah. An eight day festival was declared to commemorate this miracle. Note that the holiday commemorates the miracle of the oil, not the military victory: Jews do not glorify war. 


Source: Bard, Mitchell G. Jewish Holidays: Hanukah, 1998 
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/holiday7.html

Service Times

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Tuesday Dec 12, 2017 / 24th of Kislev, 5778
1st Night of Hanukah
Minha 4:30 PM

Wednesday Dec 13, 2017 / 25th of Kislev, 5778
Hanukah I
Services 7:30 AM
Minha 4:30 PM
2nd Hanukah Candle

Thursday Dec 14, 2017 / 26th of Kislev, 5778
Hanukah II
Services 7:30 AM
Minha 4:30 PM
3rd Hanukah Candle

Friday Dec 15, 2017 / 27th of Kislev, 5778
Hanukah III
Services 7:30 AM
Candle Lighting 4:23 PM
Minha 4:30 PM
4th Hanukah Candle

Saturday Dec 16, 2017 / 28th of Kislev, 5778
Miketz
Hanukah IV
Services 8:45 AM
Junior Minyan 10:00 AM
Minha 4:30 PM
Havdalah 5:26 PM
5th Hanukah Candle

Sunday Dec 17, 2017 / 29th of Kislev, 5778
Hanukah V
Services 8:30 AM
Minha 4:30 PM
6th Hanukah Candle

Monday Dec 18, 2017 / 30th of Kislev, 5778
Hanukah VI
Services 7:30 AM
Minha 4:30 PM
7th Hanukah Candle

Tuesday Dec 19, 2017 / 1st of Tevet, 5778
Hanukah VII
Services 7:30 AM
Minha 4:30 PM
8th Hanukah Candle

Wednesday Dec 20, 2017 / 2nd of Tevet, 5778
Hanukah VIII
Services 7:30 AM
Minha 4:30 PM

Hanukah Gallery