Eight Days and Nights

Hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving; as well as, took advantage of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday to get ahead on that holiday shopping. As November comes to an end the holiday season is in full swing. This Sunday, December 2, marks the beginning of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah is a Jewish eight- day, “festival of lights,” celebrated with nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods. The holiday commemorates the rededication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem where, according to the legend, Jews rose up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt. Hanukkah actually means “dedication” in Hebrew. During the rededication, the Jews witnessed a miracle. There was only enough untainted olive oil to keep the menorah’s candles burning for a single day, the flames continued for eight days and eight nights, thus the significance of the menorah.

You may be familiar with some of these names: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Sandler, Natalie Portman, Woody Allen, Jake Gyllenhaal, just a few of the many Jewish actors and actresses.

Although many of the movies around this time of year tend to focus on Christmas, there are other holidays that make the winter season special.

 

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