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Feast Of Lights

The books of the Maccabees tell the story of Hanukkah which occurred in 165 B.C. After three years of struggle, the Jews in Judea defeated the Syrian tyrant Antiochus. The Jewish people held festivities in the Temple of Jerusalem, and rededicated it to God. After removing all Syrian idols from the Temple, the Jews found only one small cruse of oil which to light their holy lamps. Miraculously, the cruse provided oil for eight days. Judas Maccabaeus, the Jewish leader, then proclaimed a festival to be observed by Jews. During Hanukkah, gifts are exchanged and contributions are made to the poor. Each evening, one additional candle is lit on the Hanukkah menorah (candelabra). By the last evening, eight lighted candles stand together.

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Sigridur Bachmann 10 Feb 2010

Stunning in its simplicity and composition ! Great B/W photo !

Delia Pacheco 11 Feb 2008

Joanna this is beautiful!

Barry Huyett 13 Dec 2007

this is my favorite....well done!!!

Melanie Lamprill 12 Dec 2007

composition is great...text very informative, thanks

Liz Robinson 09 Dec 2007

Yes very nice B/W image Joanna and also enjoyed reading you're blog. I think it's good to know the history and meaning of what we are looking at.