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For hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus, the Jews had been expecting a deliverer, a messiah, to help them to get rid of foreigners who had invaded their land. About 200 years before Jesus came, a wicked king of Syria, called Antiochus oppressed them. He had forbidden the worship of God and even desecrated the temple in Jerusalem.


But there were some brave Jews who fought against this evil man. They overcome him and were able to clean up the temple but when they came to re-light the temple light there was a problem. There was only enough pure oil for one night, yet by some miracle it continued burning for eight nights. That made such an impression on the Jews that they set aside 8 days each year about this time of the year, as a Festival of Lights, called Hanukkah, to remind

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