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The story of Hanukkah begins with torture and rebellion

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The menorah at Temple Beth El in Anniston

The menorah at Temple Beth El in Anniston is from Emmerich, Germany, the town that many of Anniston’s 16 Holocaust survivors came from.

For Jews around the world, Hanukkah begins at sundown Sunday. This holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the temple in Jerusalem in 165 BCE.

At that time, the Seleuicid Greeks controlled Jerusalem and surrounding areas. Antiochus IV Epiphanes (215-164 BCE) was an infamous anti-Semite. He ordered the Jews to worship Jupiter and other Greek gods and declared practice of Jewish rituals illegal.