The Origins of Chanukah

Today, Chanukah is often perceived as the Jewish Christmas, an alternative for Jews so that they, too, can exchange gifts and sing songs. But nothing could be farther from the truth, which is that the origins of Chanukah far predate Christianity. Chanukah is not central to Judaism as Christmas is to Christianity. Littlest known of all is that the Chanukah holiday was born of blood, darkness and death. The lights of Chanukah came only after a long and bitter tyranny in which many Jews were killed. But perhaps the Chanukah lights burn all the brighter in contrast to the preceding darkness.
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