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Hanukkah is an eight-day holiday celebrated around the world in the winter to remember a miracle that occurred in the Second Temple. The Assyrian King Antiochus took over Jerusalem and ordered the Jews to bow down to idols. He even placed one of himself in the middle of the Temple but the Jews refused to pray to idols as it is against Jewish law, since the Jewish people believe in only one God. This led to the Maccabean Revolt where a group of rebel Jews banded together to fight off Antiochus. It took some time but the Maccabees won and took back the Temple, which was then mostly in ruins. In the Temple there was a huge seven branched candelabra, or menorah, that was always lit during the times of the Temple. The miracle of Hanukkah is that the Maccabees found a small jug of oil that kept the Menorah lit for eight days, the amount of time needed to create a new batch of oil. Today, Hanukkah celebrates this miracle by everyone lighting their own hannukiah, similar to the menorah but with nine branches, every day for eight days. On this holiday, it is also customary to eat oily food such as jelly donuts and latkes (potato pancakes) and play games of dreidel.

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