Celebration Of Hanukkah Underway

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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  • by Tracy Location: Washington on Dec 21, 2011 at 04:56 AM
    I had many Jewish friends in high school in Goldsboro. Happy Hanukkah to all of them!
  • by Mom on Dec 21, 2011 at 04:20 AM
    Happy Hanukkah! There are many Jewish friends in Eastern NC.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 21, 2011 at 03:09 AM
    To answer your question...YES. Maybe not that many in ENC but the larger cities have many. People in ENC don't seem to know the world is much larger. Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends.
  • by History Student Location: NC on Dec 20, 2011 at 10:23 PM
    Are their any Jews in North Carolina? Jewish community centers or Synagogues?
    • reply
      by prkchop on Dec 21, 2011 at 02:33 AM in reply to History Student
      Adan Sandler lives in Stokes with his wife Lunch Lady.
    • reply
      by BLAHammed on Dec 21, 2011 at 05:15 AM in reply to History Student
      Who really cares?They are not the ones trying to blow us up everyday.
    • reply
      by saywha? on Dec 21, 2011 at 06:54 AM in reply to History Student
      Good grief, there is a synagogue in Greenville.
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