Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy Hanukkah

Tonight Jewish families around the world are lighting the first candle of their menorahs. Every year you'll see stories of synagogues building public LEGO menorahs, such as this in Toms River, NJ, I assume to ignite (pun intended) the interest of kids in their congregations. Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in 165 BCE, after a Jewish revolt pushed foreign invaders from Jerusalem. There was only enough oil to burn the ceremonial lamp for one night, but miraculously the flames stayed lit for eight, hence the eight night Festival of Lights.

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