Aurora hosting menorah lighting ceremony for Hanukkah

Hanukkah is actually a fairly minor holiday on the landscape of Jewish holidays, but because it has the fortune to occur close to the decidedly un-Jewish holiday of Christmas it has gained great prominence and popularity among Jews in the Western world. "The Jewish calendar is based on a lunar calendar, that's why (the date) changes every year". "Being forced to listen to them in supermarkets, shopping centers, on the radio and TV bothered me".

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Unlike other Jewish holidays, Hanukkah can begin on any day of the week except Tuesday, since the month that precedes Hanukkah can have 29 or 30 days.

Ten years ago Horovitz moved to Israel, where Jews comprise roughly 75 percent of the population.

And that's OK, she said.

As Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism, I want to wish everyone celebrating Hanukkah a bright and peaceful holiday.

"The message is a universal one, that everyone and anyone, when they light a candle from within, it does not only help them, it also externally helps others", he said.

"Hanukkah, a celebration of freedom, is a holiday that enriches our lives with the light of tradition", Rabbi Volovik stated. Historians say Judah and his army used guerilla warfare to defeat the enemy over several years. N., with a 9-foot menorah lighting, food, music, a raffle and more. "It's the time of year when the differences between Jews and their neighbors seem most stark".

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Greenberg said the Estero menorah spreads more than light during Hanukkah. Just 2.1 percent of Israelis are Christian; 17 percent are Muslim; 1.7 percent are Druze.

Although Hanukkah in Israel remains far less commercialized than it is in the US, with shopping malls hanging nary a holiday decoration, it has more recently taken on some of its American trappings.

The menorah is now on display outside the movie theater at Coconut Point, but on Sunday it will be part of the Chabad of Bonita Springs and Estero's revamped Hanukkah celebration.

While gift-giving was certainly not part of the initial celebrations, it has now become a much anticipated Hanukkah tradition, especially for kids.

Rabbi Nosson Meretsky, co-director of Chabad of Penn State, spoke about the history of Hanukkah - and a special "band of Jews who had conviction and wanted to hold onto their heritage" despite oppression from the Greeks in ancient times.

A common game played during Hanukkah celebrations is dreidel. "One candle can bring a little light to a place that was once dark". "We hope that those observing the holiday here, in Israel, and around the world have a wonderful holiday", the U.S. president said.

"There was this competition within the American Jewish community about who got what", Amiri said.

"Now as we celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah, you can take pride in knowing that members of our Jewish community are continuing to lead the way so that we can all travel a path that emphasizes the power of light, kindness and respect", Jones said.

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