This Jewish holiday celebrates and commemorates events that took place over 2,300 years ago in the land of Judea (Israel). Antiochus, the Syrian king commanded the Jews to worship the Greek gods, prohibiting them from the practise of their own religious beliefs.
One man, Judah Maccabee steadfastly defied the imperial diktat and along with his brothers, fought valiantly for three long years. The Syrians were driven out of Judea and the Holy Temple in Jerusalem reclaimed by the Jews. The Temple was cleansed and rededicated and the eternal light, the N’er Tamid relit…. with barely enough oil to last one single day.
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