Tuesday marked the start the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah.
At sunset, families at the Bayt Shalom congregation in Greenville lit one candle of the Menorah and will continue to do so for eight days. This commemorates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks over 2,000 years ago. The Jews only had a small amount of oil left in the temple, but that oil lasted eight days.
This miracle of the Hanukkah oil is celebrated close to Christmas time which also celebrates the importance of giving, according to Rabbi Nicole Luna at Bayt Shalom. "There is a Jewish tradition of giving charity and giving money to the poor because every family is to light the Hanukkah Menorah, so traditionally you give to that family so they can buy candles, so if one didn't they would give charity so they can buy candles."
Rabbi Luna says the meaning of the candles also proves just when you think darkness will prevail, light shines through.
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