the story questions to help you draw deeper meanings from what the children have seen and heard. Recap what the children have learnt about Hanukkah from the video - you could ask them to decide which part of the story they think is the most important for Jewish families to remember and why. 7. Opportunity to reflect tradition: The story is told over and over again as it is passed down from one generation to another. But if you’ve ever played the game “Telephone” you know that the details tend to change slightly with each re-telling. Perhaps the heroes of the story and the victories are embellished, while the villains are increasingly vilified. The miraculous burning of the oil is still celebrated in the eight-day Feast of Hanukkah, from the Hebrew word meaning dedication. It’s also called the Festival of Lights and this year it began at sunset on December 12 (2017) on our calendar. The story of Hanukkah is not included in the Bible. It is found in books 1 and 2 of Maccabees. These books tell the story of the small band of Jewish fighters who liberated the Land of Israel from the Syrian Greeks. • The eight days of Hanukkah illustrate that dedication to God is a process which takes place over an extended period of time. • Hanukkah illustrates that as our dedication grows, so too does our light. • The shamash (servant) candle reminds us that Yeshua is the shamash light of the world and we derive our light from Him. Hanukkah is also written Hannuka or Chanukah. The holiday begins on the eve of the 25th day of the Hebrew Month of Kislev and lasts eight days. Hanukkah usually falls in the month of December, but occasionally can start in November. The books of the Maccabees tell the story of Hanukkah which occurred in 165 B.C.