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Dr. Shai Secunda -
Light against Darkness: The Miraculous Survival of the Holiday of Chanukah

The holiday of Chanuka was one of many celebrations connected to the Hasmoneans, and virtually the only one to have survived antiquity. How can we explain the curious survival of Chanuka – a holiday that celebrates the re-dedication of a temple later destroyed? Why did Chanuka's flickering lights continue to outshine the darkness?