Why is Hanukkah so darn long?

So here we are, well into Hannukah, and across the land Jewish parents are racking their brains and clicking on two-day deliveries from Amazon. Too bad that little box in the closet can’t supply enough stuff to last the whole holiday.

You get the joke. After recapturing their desecrated Temple from Syrian King Antiochus in 164 BCE, the Maccabees discovered a cruse with just one day’s worth of consecrated oil, but lo and behold, it kept the Menorah burning for eight full days.

As the Hebrew acronym on the four-sided top (dreidel) we gamble with on the holiday reminds us, “Nes gadol hayah sham”—A Great Miracle Happened There.

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