We're into DAY TWO of the fabulous
Jewish holiday of Chanuka.
The 8-day "festival of light" began December 1
and celebrates the triumph of light over darkness,
and spirituality over materialism.
(An excellent way to begin this holiday season!)
21-centuries ago, a small band of faithful Jews defeated
one of the mightiest armies on earth and reclaimed
the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
When they sought to light the Temple's menorah
(the 7 branched candelabrum), they found only
a single cruse of olive oil to light the candles' flame.
Miraculously, the one-day supply of oil burned for 8 days.
The festival of Chanuka then became an annual holiday.
Each night, a candle is lit to commemorate this festival.
Chanuka customs include eating foods fried in oil,
such as latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiot (do-nuts).
Playing with the dreidel (a spinning top) inscribed
with Hebrew lettters decides who wins prizes.
(The player who gets GIMEL collects the pot.)