The first night of Hanukkah is fast approaching. There is no need to dig up the old menorah or buy one at a store, you can make your own this Thursday during a free workshop at The Home Depot in South Attleboro hosted by the store and Congregation Agudas Achim.
"The family workshop is open to all and will include dreidel playing, holiday snacks and information for families to take home as well as the building workshop," a press release from the synagogue states.
The event will begin at 4 p.m.
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The Hanukkah menorah, or hanukiah, is a nine-branched candleholder that is lit each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, which begins Saturday at sundown. On the first night of Hanukkah, the candle placed in the ninth branch called the shamah is lit. This candle is used to light one other candle on the menorah. On the next night, the shamash is used to light two candles. This process continues until the eighth night when all the candles are lit.
The menorah lighting celebrates the military victory in the Hanukkah story in which the underdog Maccabees defended Israel by defeating the invading Syrian-Greek military. After the victory, the Maccabees entered the Temple, where they found only a small amount of oil to use for the lighting of the eternal lamp. It was only supposed to last one day, but it lasted eight—a miracle!