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hanukka


hanukka


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Hanukka  \Ha"nuk*ka\,  or  Hanukkah  \Ha"nuk*kah\,  n.  [Heb. 
  khanukk[=a]h.] 
  The  Jewish  Feast  of  the  Dedication,  instituted  by  Judas 
  Maccab[ae]us,  his  brothers,  and  the  whole  congregation  of 
  Israel,  in  165  b.  c.,  to  commemorate  the  dedication  of  the 
  new  altar  set  up  at  the  purification  of  the  temple  of 
  Jerusalem  to  replace  the  altar  which  had  been  polluted  by 
  Antiochus  Epiphanes  (--1  Maccabees  i.  58,  iv  59).  The  feast, 
  which  is  mentioned  in  John  x.  22,  is  held  for  eight  days 
  (beginning  with  the  25th  day  of  Kislev,  corresponding  to 
  December),  and  is  celebrated  everywhere,  chiefly  as  a 
  festival  of  lights,  by  the  Jews.