Hanukah begins when the sun goes down

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - When the sun goes down Friday, Jewish residents across the area will light a candle, marking the beginning of Hanukah.

The eight-day holiday comemmorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the time of the Maccabean Revolt.

A Menorah is a nine-branched candelabrum which is traditionally lit each night of the Hanukah celebration.  The ninth light, called a shamash, is used to light the other candles in the Menorah.

Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman will light the Menorah at the Temple of Israel on 4th Street in Wilmington.  He says he expects many Jewish people to attend an evening service on Friday to start the holiday.

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