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In the time of the second Bet Hamikdash, the Greek kings made decrees against the Jews in order to make them forget Torah and Judaism. They broke into the Bet Hamikdash and defiled it until Hashem had mercy on the Jews and saved them. The salvation came through the Chashmonaim who were victorious over the Greeks and served as Cohanim Gedolim. They returned to the Beit Hamikdash and only found one pure flask of oil which was enough to light for only one day. A miracle occurred and it lasted eight days. The Rabbis established a holiday, beginning on the 25th of Kislev (the day they found the flask) for eight days of festivity and joy called Chanukah.[1] Below are various articles related to the halachot of Chanukah:

Chanukah Candles Hallel And Other Minhagim

Chanukah Packet


  1. Shabbat 21b, Rambam Chanukah 3:1-3, Shulchan Aruch and Mishna Berura 570:1, Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 139:1
( V | T ) The Jewish Holidays Matzah.jpg
Chodesh Elul - Rosh Hashana - Aseret Yimei Teshuva - Yom Kippur - Sukkot - Shemini Aseret - Simchat Torah
Chanukah - Tu BiShevat - Purim - Purim Katan
Pesach - Yom HaAtzmaut - Lag BaOmer - Sefirat HaOmer - Shavuot
Three Weeks - Nine Days - Tisha BeAv - Tu BeAv
Yom Tov - Chol HaMoed - Rosh Chodesh - Fast Days