Chanukkah falls on the 25th day of the winter lunar month, the darkest point of the year. Jews light the eight branched Chanukkiah in the windows of their homes to tell the story of the Chanukkah miracle: the survival of the Jews after the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucids (Hellenistic rulers) in the second century BCE (Before the Common Era). Once the Jewish rebels took the Jerusalem Temple back from the Greeks, purified it and re-dedicated it, the Talmud tells us they went in search of oil to re-light the seven branched Menorah. Finding just one small sealed bottle of oil, they lit the lamps. Even though it was enough for one day only, the oil was said to burn for seven whole days.
The miracle is, ultimately that we are here at all, both as a dynamic Jewish people and a fantastic progressive community here in Hackney.
With so much to celebrate, we hold our party on the Sunday afternoon in Chanukkah, with candle lighting, songs, stories and too many doughnuts and potato latkes.
click here to learn how to light the chanukkah candles Lighting the chanukkiah