Also known as the Festival of Lights, it is a time of celebration. It goes to the rededication of the Second Temple in the times of the Maccabees. Israel had been sacked by Antiochus Epiphanes, who set up an altar to Zeus in the Jerusalem temple and sacrificed pigs on the altar. According to the Books of Maccabeus in the Apocrypha, several people were tortured to death for refusing to eat pork and deny God. After a long and difficult war, the Jews regained much of their independence and ability to worship Jehovah in His temple again.
Something that rarely occurs is to have Thanksgiving and Hannukah occur at the same time. Hannukah begins this evening, goes through Thanksgiving, and ends about the same time the turkey sandwiches and leftovers are finished off a week later.
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