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Around 175 B.C.E. the Land of Israel (in those days called Judea) came under the rule of Antiochus IV, the king of the ancient Greek-Syrians. Under Antiochus's rule, the Jewish community was not permitted to practice or study their own religion or to practice it.
Not being able to practice their religion, the community, led by Judah Maccabee began an active resistance. Judah and his followers were victorious, but when the Jews entered the Temple, they saw that it had been defiled and needed to be restored and rededicated. After restoring the Temple to its original state, the menorah (candelabrum) needed to be lit. Unfortunately, they only found enough oil to light the menorah for one night, but needed to have enough to keep it lit every night. Miraculously, according to the Talmud, the oil lasted for 8 days, enough time for them to retrieve more oil. Today, Chanukah is celebrated for 8 days in memory of that miracle!
One of the traditions of the holiday is to light the Chanukah menorah each night by adding one more candle each evening until all eight are lit. In this way, the holiday allows us to put more light into the world every night.
Chanukah: The Missing Menorah is a celebration of the story and traditions of Chanukah. After Anneliese gets caught in a game of tag and loses her special menorah, everyone works together to find it in time for the start of the holiday.
Watch different families celebrate Chanukah in their own special ways, discover the history of Chanukah, and find out how one individual can make a big difference.
Baby Bear's Special Applesauce
Chanukah is a holiday full of fun foods from Sufganiyot (jelly filled donuts) to latkes (fried potato pancakes)! Latkes are often eaten with applesauce, and you can make applesauce together with Baby Bear's Special Applesauce recipe.