On December 9th the first candle of Hanukkah was kindled on the Kenai Peninsula and around the world in remembrance of a historic event that happened over 2,000 years ago.
Local members of the Congregation Briat Elohim gathered with families and friends to light their menorahs and share in traditional foods such as deep fried potato latkes while watching the children spin the ever-popular draydel.
Children of the Briat Elohim, spin the ever popular draydel, a Hanukkah tradition.
One flame is kindled each night for a total of eight nights to commemorate the rededication of the Second Temple in 165 B.C.E, when, against all odds a small band of Jews overcame the mighty Syrian armies.
The account given maintains that when Judah Maccabee regained the Temple he found all the sacramental oil profaned, except one sealed vial, which only held enough oil to burn in the Temple menorah for one day. However, the oil miraculously lasted for eight days.
Today even the tradition of eating foods deep-fried in vegetable oil reminds Jewish families of the miracle that happened there and the perseverance of the few that was able to overcome the brut strength of the many.
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