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Tuesday, December 04, 2007


The Maccabees

Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. It is eight nights long. Remember why we light candles every night? A long time ago, the Maccabees were a family who fought for freedom, and won the right to worship as they pleased in their own temple. They wanted to light an oil lamp in the Temple in Jerusalem. They didn't have enough oil, but remarkably, the little bit of oil lasted for eight days.

I took this picture of the hills right next to the ancient Temple. This is probably very much like the landscape that the Maccabees could see around 2100 years ago.

Another thing we do to remember how the oil lasted in the story is to eat food fried in oil, such as pancakes. Now in modern times we eat donuts or potato pancakes. This is a little funny, since the potato did not exist in Israel 2100 years ago. We can enjoy them anyway. I made these potato pancakes on Sunday:

For more stories see what I wrote last year: "Hanukkah"; "More Hanukkah Stories"
and "Hanukkah Lamps"

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