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Hanukkah begins at sunset


Hanukkah, a Jewish festival of lights, begins at sunset Tuesday.

Rabbi Greene of the Congregation Beth Shalom in Sioux City says Hanukkah is an eight-day festival that commemorates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple.

He says its written that a candelabra miraculously burned for eight days with only one day's worth of oil.

So during the festival, a nine-branched Hanukiah, is used to hold eight candles with one being lit on each night of the holiday.

"It's an important holiday because it represents the miracles in our life, everyday miracles in our life and that we should have a great gratitude and praise of God for these miracles," said Rabbi Guy Greene, Congregation Beth Shalom.

People of the Jewish faith also eat foods fried in oil and children play the dreidel game to celebrate.

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