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Monday, 26 December 2016 14:44

Hanukkah Lesimha

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Hanukkah Lesimha

On 24th of December 2016 members of Jewish Municipality Banja Luka celebrated one of the biggest Jewish holidays-Hanukkah. Many friends of Jewish Municipality attended this event among them was the president of the Association Serbian-Jewish friendship Dr. Aleksandar Lazarević. Before the ceremony started in synagogue ‘Ilona Vajs’ was organized prayer for believers. The president of Jewish Municipality Banja Luka Arie Livne and director of Jewish cultural center Djordje Mikeš greeted members of municipality and welcomed guests and wished them success in both personal and career life and emphasized the importance one of the biggest Jewish holidays. There was distribution of presents for kids and workshop in which kids could enjoy game, play and draw.


Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that is celebrated on the 25th day of Kislev (mid December). It is characterized by event that happened 164 BC. Jerusalem under Antiochus IV had erupted into civil war between two camps of Jews: those who had assimilated into the dominant culture that surrounded them, adopting Greek and Syrian customs; and those who were determined to impose Jewish laws and traditions, even if by force. The traditionalists won out in the end, with the Hasmonean dynasty—led by Judah Maccabee’s brother and his descendants—wresting control of the Land of Israel from the Seleucids and maintaining an independent Jewish kingdom for more than a century. Jewish scholars have also suggested that the first Hanukkah may have been a belated celebration of Sukkot, which the Jews had not had the chance to observe during the Maccabean Revolt. One of the Jewish religion’s most important holidays, Sukkot consists of seven days of feasting, prayer and festivities.Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts.

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