Friday, December 17, 2010


Each year, Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 1st.  The word Hanukkah is a Hebrew word defined as dedication or consecration.

In the days of King of Syria Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the first Temple of Jerusalem was desecrated by his army.  The celebration marking the re-dedication of the second Temple of Jerusalem is known as Hanukkah.  It also commemorates the "miracle of the container of oil".  According to the Talmud, at the re-dedication following the victory of the Maccabees over the Seleucid Empire, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, which was the length of time it took to press, prepare and consecrate fresh olive oil.

This papercutting is for a Jewish friend of my Catholic friend! 

Happy Hanukkah!  May your coming year be filled with beauty and peace.

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