Hanukkah rarely gets the respect it deserves. Conflated with the Christian Christmas, it’s sometimes dismissed as a “minor holiday,” and one that isn’t listed in the scriptures as other Jewish holy days are listed.

For context, Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, recalls a special holy lamp that burned for eight days in the Jewish Temple in ancient Israel following a tremendous military victory by the Hebrews over an oppressive, alien force — but more on that later.

Rick Cousins can be reached at rick.cousins@galvnews.com.

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