Saturday, the final night of the Festival of Lights.
Here's hoping you and yours had a wonderful Festival of Lights. Rabbi Shalom Lubin, director of Chabad of SE Morris County, which holds community menorah lighting ceremonies in Madison, Chatham Borough, Chatham Township, East Hanover and Florham Park during Hanukkah each year, said the Jewish holiday is especially poignant after Superstorm Sandy left many people figuratively and literally in the dark. The eight-day Festival of Lights, which ended Sunday, reminds residents that "the light within our hearts should light our surroundings" and "a little bit of light can go a long way," Lubin said. Hanukkah, which commemorates the Maccabees' rededication of the Holy Temple after their victory over the Syrians, during which one day’s supply of …
The Festival of Lights is underway in the Chathams.
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Monday, December 10, 2012
Menorahs, latkes, dreidles ... it's all part of the Hanukkah festivities. And here at Chatham Patch, we want you to share photos of how your family observes this holiday. Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights and celebrates the re-dedication of the Hebrew Holy Temple in Jerusalem. According to the Book of Maccabees, Judea was under the control of the Greek Seleucid Antiochus. Antiochus banned Judaism and many Hebrew practices, including circumcision. He had a statue of Zeus erected within the Temple and sacrificed pigs to the god. The Hebrews revolted under the leadership of the rabbi Mattathias and his five sons. Together they took back the Temple, which had to be cleansed and rededicated. Part of the re-dedication was to keep …