About the Hanukkah Holiday
According to Jewish tradition, about 2170 years ago, a Hanukkah miracle took place, in which a small group of observant Jews defeated the vast Greek army, expelled it from the Land of Israel, and recaptured the Temple.
Apart from the miraculous victory in the war, another miracle occurred: after the re-conquest of the Temple, the Jews sought to light the menorah. Due to the Greeks raging in the temple, the Jews found no pure olive oil kosher for lighting, except for one jug of single olive oil that remained sealed with the seal of the high priest. The amount, which was supposed to be enough for only one day - ignited for 8 days, during which they prepared a new amount of pure kosher and pure olive oil.
In memory of these miracles and in order to make them public, the sages corrected the holiday of Hanukkah. The main mitzvah on the holiday is to light the menorah every eve of the holiday. On the first night one candle is lit, and each day another candle is added, until the eighth night of Hanukkah, when we light all eight candles.
On 28th November 2021, a Hanukkah event was held in Beijing. The event had the goal of bringing Chinese and Israeli communities together for a night of traditions and celebrations.
The celebration started with the show from Jingdengtai Chori, people joined in and sang traditional Jewish songs together.
Then came the famous lighting of the candles. Yuval Ben Sadeh, Chairman of IsCham, together with the kids, lit candles to show unity and embracing the spirit of this special holiday.
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