There is something sacred in the act of lighting a flame. This time of year brings many
such rituals -- the Yule log, the Christmas candle and the Chanukah menorah, among others. Each, in its own way, reminds us that our lives need never be engulfed by darkness so long as we remember to kindle a light.
The Chanukah menorah dates to an ancient civil war, when after generations of strife within Judaism, the Maccabees went into the Temple, cleaned and purified its space, and lit the sacred lamp. There was only a small amount of fuel, but it lasted for eight days, remembered today in the Jewish Festival of Lights.
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