Wexner Heritage Village ushers in Hanukkah for residents

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Sundown on Sunday is the beginning of the eight-day Festival of Lights around the world.

Hanukkah marks the Jewish tradition of celebrating religious freedom, bringing families together with traditional food and music.

“They were given oil to burn supposedly for one day only, and it lasted for eight days, and that was a miracle,” said Wexner Heritage Village Cantor Alan Gerstein.

“This is everything,” Wexner Heritage Village Rabbi Debbie Lefton said. “The most important time of year. What’s not to like about celebrating Hanukkah? It’s like songs and family.”

Another candle will be lit on the menorah each night around the world, with celebrations every evening through next Sunday.

“People sometimes do not have family in town or are here for a short stay,” Lefton said. “Sometimes we have long-term care people who have outlived their family.”

The story of Hanukkah is about the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem more than 2,000 years ago, which had been desecrated. The story behind Hanukkah is that there was only one day’s supply of oil to light the menorah, which miraculously shone for eight days, later coming to symbolize the light of religious freedom.

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