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How to Understand the Hanukkah Story

Watch more Happy Hanukkah videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn the basic facts about an important Jewish holiday with a guide on how to understand the Hanukkah story. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Know the background Get the background information -- in 332 BCE, Alexander the Great of Greece conquered Jerusalem, leading to an extended period of foreign rule, during which Jews were mostly free to practice their religion as they pleased. Step 2: Recognize the ruler Understand the impact of Antiochus IV, who came to power in 175 BCE. Rather than promoting religious tolerance, he forced Jews to give up their practices and defiled their holy Temple in Jerusalem by offering a pig as a sacrifice. Step 3: Learn about the uprising Learn about the uprising. In 167 BCE, an elder named Mattathias started a revolt against Antiochus when he refused a Greek soldier's order to make a sacrifice to the Greek gods and killed the soldier instead. Step 4: Witness revolution Find out what happened next: Mattathias hid out in the mountains with other rebels, including his sons. One of his sons, Judah, became the leader of this group, known as the Maccabees. The Maccabees began a guerrilla war against the Greeks, eventually driving them out of Israel around 165 BCE. Tip After the Greeks left Israel, the Jews began a period of self-rule under the Hasmonean dynasty. Step 5: Discover the miracle Discover the miracle. The Maccabees rededicated the Temple and relit its menorah, a sacred candelabra, with oil blessed by a high priest. Though there was only enough liquid to burn for 1 day, the menorah stayed lit for 8, a miracle that became the foundation for the Hanukkah celebration that continues today. Did You Know? The Hanukkah story is not specifically mentioned in the Torah.
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