Hats for Hanukkah 2011

The Menorah

Menorah (Hanukkah), a nine-branched candelabrum used on the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah

Having learned about the 12 days of Christmas it was brought to my attention that there are 8 days of Hanukkah. How did this come about and does this ‘Jewish Christmas’ have anything in common with the Christian holiday?
Some people would scream at the last paragraph, as the Jewish people do not have Christmas, they have no Jesus in their religion. So here is the story of Hanukkah in short. To reward you for reading this lesson we offer you a direct link to some of our most popular hats which now have up to 35% off the RRP!

Hanukkah was a less important holiday on the Jewish calendar, but because it is celebrated close to Christmas (on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev), it has now become more like a (dare we call it) ”Jewish Christmas’ and includes gifts for the children.

Hannukah celebrates the return of the temple in Jerusalem to the Jewish people. It had been taken away by the Greek, and been used to worship Greek Gods which included sacrificing pigs. The emperor, Antiochus IV,  made practicing the Jewish religion punishable by death. So when the Jewish people regained their temple after a long fight they had to cleanse it. This was to be done by burning ritual oil in the temple’s menorah for 8 days. Due to the war there was only enough to burn the flames for 1 day, but miraculolusly it lasted the eight days. This was the miracle of the Hanukkah oil, and Jewish people light a special menorah (a hanukkiyah) for eight days. One candle is lit on the first night of Hanukkah, two on the second, and so on, until eight candles are lit. These days children receive gifts with the lighting of each candle. Hanukkah this year runs from 20 December till sunset on Wednesday, 28 December.

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