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PHOTO GALLERY: The eight days of Hanukkah

Thursday, December 2, 2010 | 11:07 a.m. CST; updated 7:57 p.m. CST, Monday, December 6, 2010
The menorah is lit on the first night of Hanukkah at Hillel at MU on Wednesday. Candle lighting will occur every night at Hillel until next Wednesday.

Hanukkah, or the Jewish festival of lights, is celebrated around the world in testimony of when Judah and the Maccabees reclaimed the Jerusalem temple around 165 B.C.  According to the Talmud, when Judah went to light the Menorah, there was only enough oil for one night; however, the candles flickered for eight nights, which the Jews perceived as a miracle. The word "Hanukkah" in Hebrew translates to "dedication."

Every year in Columbia, Jewish students gather at Hillel to light the menorah in celebration of Hanukkah. A menorah holds nine candles: one for each night of the holiday and one more for the shamus, which is usually higher than the rest and is used to light the other candles. 

MU freshman Jonathan Deutsch, left, recites the candle lighting blessing as MU sophomore Mira Barasch, right, lights the menorah for the first night of Hanukkah on Wednesday.

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