Monday, December 22, 2008

Eight Hanukkah Mysteries Revealed

photo: Mental Floss

Mental Floss (a great source for esoteric information) has a list of eight things you maybe didn't know about Hanukkah.

News to me: "The story of the oil offers an alternate reason for why the festival is eight-days long. It comes from the Talmud, which contains the law and lore of the early rabbis. And while the earliest rabbis lived long after the pious, honorable Maccabees, they were contemporaries of the Maccabees’ despotic descendants, who ruled Judea by combining the offices of king and high priest, corrupting both."


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