Why Do We Really Light Candles on Hanukkah?

Hanukkah 2,500 years ago was like any other holiday: praising God and sacrificing animals. When did marking the holiday with fire begin?

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Hanukkah was established as a holiday by Judah Maccabee in 164 BCE, to mark his victory over the Hellenized Jews and Seleucid Greeks and the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. If Judah could travel in...