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Candles
Date Issued: 1996-10-22
Postage Value: 32 cents

Commemorative issue
Hanukkah
Candles

Known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday honoring the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt in the second century B.C. Celebration includes lighting candles on the Menorah, a candelabrum with nine branch. The extra light, known as the Shamash, is lighted each night to serve to light the other candles. From history, after the Maccabees’ victory over the Seleucid Empire, there was only enough oil in the temple to fuel the eternal flame for one day. By way of a miracle, the oil burned for eight days, enough time to prepare and consecrate fresh olive oil.
 

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