Judah, The Maccabee (Abridged)
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Every year Jewish families gather to light the Hanukkah candles, eat potato latkes, exchange presents and spin the dreidel as they celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of lights. Hanukkah in English means dedication. It celebrates the re-dedication of the temple by Judah and the Maccabee's after it was recaptured from the Greeks in 164 B.C. The Hanukkah story is the story of a brave people fighting for religious freedom and the miracle of lights burning proudly for eight long days. The Hanukkah story honors the heroes and heroines throughout Jewish history who have fought using both might and wisdom to overcome their foes. One of these heroes is Judah the Maccabee.