In this holiday season of celebrations, an important one began last evening at sundown, as Jews in the Monadnock Region and beyond brought out their menorahs to begin the celebration of Hanukkah — the Hebrew word meaning “rededication” — which ends at sundown on Dec. 26. Almost everyone knows the story of Christmas, but there may be some who don’t know the traditional story of the eight-day miracle. Here is that story:

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