Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish celebration that celebrates a miracle that occurred more than 2,000 years ago. Throughout the eight days of Hanukkah, we light a menorah each night to commemorate the restored oil in the temple that miraculously lasted for eight days. Each night of Hanukkah has its own special significance and each day represents something that happened during the time of the rededication of the temple.
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Day 1 of Hanukkah
On the first day of Hanukkah, the menorah should be lit with one candle. It reminds us of the first evening of the holiday, when the Maccabees rededicated the temple and lit the candelabra with the one vial of oil they had found.
Day 2 of Hanukkah
On the second day of Hanukkah, two candles should be lit. This is in remembrance of the two vials of oil that were found in the temple.
Day 3 of Hanukkah
On the third day of Hanukkah, three candles should be lit. This illustrates the fact that even though the templed had been regained, the Maccabees were still facing challenges.
Day 4 of Hanukkah
On the fourth day of Hanukkah, four candles should be lit. This represents the four Maccabees – Judah, his brothers Shimon and Yonatan, and their father Mattathias.
Day 5 of Hanukkah
On the fifth day of Hanukkah five candles should be lit. This is because it was on this day that the Maccabees valiantly succeeded in liberating the temple and it was then they lit the menorah.
Day 6 of Hanukkah
On the sixth day of Hanukkah, six candles should be lit. This is to show our gratitude to G-d for all the miracles that He had done for us throughout the years.
Day 7 of Hanukkah
On the seventh day of Hanukkah seven candles should be lit. This symbolizes the seven branches of the menorah that were lit in the temple, as well as the seven tribes of Israel.
Day 8 of Hanukkah
On the eighth day of Hanukkah, eight candles should be lit. This is in recognition of the miracle of the oil that lasted for eight days, even though it was only enough oil to last a single day.
Hanukkah is a special holiday that marks the victory of the few against the many, as well as the miracle of the oil. By celebrating Hanukkah we remember and honor the spirit of those courageous Maccabees who gave themselves to the cause of religious freedom and to serving G-d. Each night of Hanukkah has its own special symbolism, with a lesson for us to take away and live with.
- What Is Lit To Represent Each Day Of Hanukkah?
- What Does Each Day Of Hanukkah Celebrated Represent?
- What Does Each Candle Represent In Hanukkah?
- What Do The Candles In Hanukkah Represent?
- What Do The 9 Candles Of Hanukkah Represent?
- What Do The 8 Days Of Hanukkah Represent?
- What Do Hanukkah Candles Represent?
- What Do The Eight Days Of Hanukkah Represent?
- What Does The Menorah Represent In Hanukkah?
- What Do The Days Of Hanukkah Represent?
- What Does The Candles Represent In Hanukkah?
- What Does Each Hanukkah Candle Represent?
- What Do The Hanukkah Candles Represent?
- What Symbols Represent Hanukkah?
- What Is Used To Represent Light And Each Of The Days Of Hanukkah?
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