Photo Illustration NWA Democrat-Gazette/MICHAEL WOODS • The lighting of the menorah is a big part of Hanukkah, the 8-day Jewish festival of light. Hanukkah celebrates religious freedom and the triumph of light over darkness. Hanukkah means "dedication" and refers to the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the end of the war. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar.
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