A Festival of Lights

How well do you know your Menorah?

Hannukah is observed by the kindling of one light on the Menorah every night for eight nights.

While there are eight days in the celebration, the Menorah features a ninth light—the shamash—raised in the center of the Menorah.

Why does the Menorah hold a ninth light?

Editor's Note: Select your answer in the poll below and tell us how you know the answer in the comments section. We'll post the correct answer later Tuesday.

Caitlin Burgess December 21, 2011 at 05:02 PM
The correct answer: It's forbidden to use one of the other eight Hannukah lights. Thanks for participating!
Kevin O'Donovan December 21, 2011 at 06:10 PM
Hannukah celebrates, by the grace of God, a people overcoming oppression. Many Christians would find it very interesting to attend an Orthodox Jewish service. The first half of a Catholic Mass is the following of Jewish traditon. Lutherans and Episcopalians, in particular, would also see similarities. It is part of our history and faiths. Christianity is a Semitic religion, and Christians are, by faith, a Semitic people. Grammar school age children are very impressed. Dress modestly. Maybe even invite a Rabbi to give a class at your school, whenever it is possible.
Caitlin Burgess December 21, 2011 at 06:44 PM
Will you be attending any Jewish services during the Hanukkah holiday? If so, any place in particular that people should check out if they are interested?


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