Hanukkah History

Hanukkah History

The eight days of Hanukkah begin this Friday at sundown, when Jews light the first candle on a special nine-branch menorah. The holiday commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees defeated the Seleucid Empire in the second century BC. There was enough oil to burn...

The eight days of Hanukkah begin this Friday at sundown, when Jews light the first candle on a special nine-branch menorah.

The holiday commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees defeated the Seleucid Empire in the second century BC. There was enough oil to burn for only one day, but the light miraculously burned for eight days.

Use these links to learn more about Hanukkah history and traditions:

If you’re researching Jewish ancestors, make sure you check out the free JewishGen collection on Ancestry.com and Footnote’s Holocaust records collection (free through the end of December).

Here are some how-to helps from FamilyTreeMagazine.com:

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