The celebration of the Jewish holiday Chanukah started in Dnepropetrovsk
The eight-day-long celebration of the Jewish holiday Chanukah started in Dnepropetrovsk. The Jews from all the region came to the center «Menora» to take part in the celebrations.
The honorable right to light the first Chanukah candle, in order to testify about the miracle committed by the Almighty to the entire world, was granted to the chief rabbi of Dnepropetrovsk region Shmuel Kaminetskiy. «Today, and during the next eight days the Jews must rejoice, and give children gifts and money,» the rabbi said. In accordance with the traditions, each subsequent day, up to December 4, one candle will be lit.
To honor the first day of «the holiday of candles» all the participants were treated with various sweets.
A small remark: in the second century B.C. Antioh Epifan came to power in Judea and plundered the temple in Jerusalem,. The rebels were fighting with the invaders for three years; eventually they expelled the aggressors and freed Jerusalem.
As the legend says, in order to bless the Temple anew, the Jews needed pure oil for icon-lamps; however, they found there enough oil to keep fire only for one day. But a miracle happened, and the fire was burning for eight days (the exact time needed to make the new stock of oil). In memory of those events the Jews celebrate Chanukah as one of the most joyful holidays of the year.