December is the “Season of Lights,” when Hanukka and Christmas are celebrated here in the Holy Land. Both holidays are a celebration of the gift of divine light from above, and are uniquely linked with one another.

Hanukka recalls the events surrounding the Maccabean revolt against oppressive Syrian-Greek rule in 167 BCE, and particularly the cleansing of the Temple in Jerusalem. The Seleucid tyrant Antiochus IV Epiphanes had desecrated the altar and forbidden circumcision and other Jewish practices.


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