The Official Hanukkah Story

It all started with King Antiochus (nicknamed “the Mad”)…

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Giphy via Comedy Central

…He killed Jews, prevented them from practicing their religion, and destroyed their Temple.

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Giphy via Jezebel

The Jews were not down for this so Mattathias and his sons lead a revolt against Antiochus…

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…They won. #micdrop

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When the Jews were Making the Temple Great Again they realized that they were running low on oil for the Menorah that was supposed to be #lit all night, every night!not-litThey found a small amount of oil in the destroyed Temple that could last them one day…

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via Giphy

…but it miraculously burned for eight days and eight crazy nights!

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So to celebrate the miracle of the oil lasting we light candles on a Hanukkiah for eight nights.

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via reddit

…And we also eat lots of fried food like latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganyiot (jelly doughnuts).

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Time to get turntttt! Yes dreidel, we are talking to you. *spin*

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