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Feast of Dedication
DEDICATION, FEAST OF. An annual festival of the Jews held throughout the country for eight days, celebrating the restoration of the temple following its desecration at the hands of the Syrians under
In the celebration today, although work is allowed on these days, there is a prescribed, festive ritual. The family solemnly gathers around the father as he lights the candles with a prayer of thanksgiving to God for the liberation of His people from the persecution of the oppressor. Presents and money gifts are distributed to the children. During the evening games are played with the posing of riddles and exchange of jokes. In Europe the special table dish for the occasion was pancakes. See Feasts.
H. Schauss, The Jewish Festivals (1938), 208-236; B. M. Edidin, Jewish Holidays and Festivals (1940), 87-103; The Jewish People, Past and Present (1948), II, 277, 278; G. Kittel ed., Theological Dictionary of the, III (1965), 453, 454.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
A feast held by the Jews throughout the country for eight days, commencing on the 25th Kiclev (December), in commemoration of the cleansing of the temple and dedication of the altar by Judas Maccabeus after their desecration by