Jewish holiday of Hanukkah celebrated for eight days

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MID-HUDSON – The Jewish festival of lights, Hanukkah, began Sunday at sundown and lasts for eight days.

The lighting of a candle every night on the menorah symbolizes the story that enough oil was left to light a lamp for one day, but it stayed lit for eight.

“The story of Hanukkah is a story of light. Light casts away darkness, uncertainty, trepidation and despair. Light also provides clarity at times when we need it most,” said Westchester County Executive George Latimer. “Like the story of Hanukkah, let us use our light to honor and remember what we hold dear and have faith a brighter future is on the horizon. I wish Westchester’s Jewish residents a Happy Hanukkah as the Festival of Lights begins.”

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