Hanukkah 2015 (Photos)

Mideast Israel Hanukkah Ultra-Orthodox Jewish yeshiva students light candles on the last day of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day commemoration of the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom, which had tried to put statues of Greek gods in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
Mideast Israel Hanukkah Ultra-Orthodox Jewish yeshiva students light candles on the last day of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day commemoration of the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom, which had tried to put statues of Greek gods in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
Phil Bryant, Rabbi Stephen Wylen Gov. Phil Bryant lights the candles during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, celebrated for the first time at the Governor's Mansion as Rabbi Stephen Wylen of Temple Beth Israel, right, sings, in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is one of the most important Jewish holidays and celebrated by Jews worldwide during eight days to commemorate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BC.
Spain Hanukkah People hold candles and an Israel flag during the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah in Madrid, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday that celebrates the re-dedication of the Second Temple at the time of the Maccabee rebellion.
Phil Bryant Gov. Phil Bryant lights the candles during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, celebrated for the first time at the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. The lighting was officiated by a local rabbi. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is one of the most important Jewish holidays and celebrated by Jews worldwide during eight days to commemorate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BC.
India Hanukkah Representatives of Mumbai's Chabad-Lubavitch ignite a menorah erected at the Gateway of India landmark as part of the Hanukkah celebration on the eighth and final night of the Jewish community's festival,in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Dec.13, 2015.
Mississippi Hanukkah A stand of Hanukkah candles sits in front of the Mississippi state seal following a ceremony where Gov. Phil Bryant lit the candles during the Jewish holiday celebrated for the first time at the Governor's Mansion as Rabbi Stephen Wylen of Temple Beth Israel, officiated in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is one of the most important Jewish holidays and celebrated by Jews worldwide during eight days to commemorate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BC.
Mideast Israel Hanukkah An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man lights candles on the last day of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day commemoration of the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom, which had tried to put statues of Greek gods in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
Phil Bryant, Stephen Wylen Gov. Phil Bryant repeats in English a prayer, first said in Hebrew by Rabbi Stephen Wylen, right, of Temple Beth Israel, after the governor lit the candles during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, celebrated for the first time at the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is one of the most important Jewish holidays and celebrated by Jews worldwide during eight days to commemorate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BC.
India Hanukkah A member of India's Jewish community distributes sweets after representatives of Mumbai's Chabad-Lubavitch ignited a menorah erected at the Gateway of India landmark as part of the Hanukkah celebration on the eighth and final night of the Jewish community's festival,in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Dec.13, 2015.
India Hanukkah Members of India's Jewish community pose for photographs after representatives of Mumbai's Chabad-Lubavitch ignited a menorah erected at the Gateway of India landmark as part of the Hanukkah celebration on the eighth and final night of the Jewish community's festival,in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Dec.13, 2015.
ISRAEL-FRANCE-IMMIGRATION-JUDAISM-ALIYAH Jewish new immigrants from France, Alexandra Schneider (R) and her sister Carla, who are making Aliyah (Immigration to Israel) pose for a picture as they hold Israeli national flags behind candles during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah at Ben Gurion International airport upon their arrival on December 8, 2015 in Lod, about 15 kms east of Tel Aviv. The holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy temple in Jerusalem after the Jews' 165 B.C. victory over the Hellenist Syrians when Antiochus, the Greek King of Syria, outlawed Jewish rituals and ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ / AFP / JACK GUEZ
US-CRIME-SHOOTING Rabbi Sholom Harlig prepares to light the menorah for the first night of Hanukkah at a makeshift memorial near the Inland Regional Center during the aftermath of a mass shooting that killed 14 people on Sunday, December 6, 2015 in San Bernardino, California, USA. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK T. FALLON / AFP / Patrick T. Fallon
San Bernardino, CA mass shooting. SAN BERNARDINO, CA - DECEMBER 6: Rabbi Sholom Ber Harling talks to people after lighting a menorah on the first day of Hanukkah as people write messages, light candles, take photos, and pay their respects at a makeshift vigil at the street corner near the location of the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA on Sunday, December 06, 2015. A heavily armed man and woman opened fire Wednesday on a holiday banquet for his co-workers, killing multiple people and seriously wounding others in a precision assault, authorities said. Hours later, they died in a shootout with police.
TOPSHOT-ISRAEL-RELIGION-JUDAISM-HANUKKAH TOPSHOT - An Ultra-orthodox Jewish man lights candles on the second night of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, in a religious neighborhood of Jerusalem, on December 7, 2015. The holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy temple in Jerusalem after the Jews' 165 B.C. victory over the Hellenist Syrians when Antiochus, the Greek King of Syria, outlawed Jewish rituals and ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods. AFP PHOTO / MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP / MENAHEM KAHANA
ISRAEL-FRANCE-IMMIGRATION-JUDAISM-ALIYAH Members of the Jewish newly arrived immigrant family of Ammar from France, who are making Aliyah (Immigration to Israel), light Hannukah candles upon their arrival at Ben Gurion International airport on December 8, 2015 in Lod, about 15 kms east of Tel Aviv, during the Jewish holiday. The holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy temple in Jerusalem after the Jews' 165 B.C. victory over the Hellenist Syrians when Antiochus, the Greek King of Syria, outlawed Jewish rituals and ordered the Jews to worship Greek gods. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ / AFP / JACK GUEZ
Hungary Hanukkah Orthodox Jewish men dance after the ceremonial lighting of the first lantern on a menorah at the Nyugati square in Budapest, Hungary, during the first day celebration of the eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
Massachusetts Statehouse Menorah Students from the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston sing during a menorah lighting ceremony at the Statehouse, in Boston, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. The event was held to commemorate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.
Hungary Hanukkah Orthodox Jewish faithfuls wait for the first lantern on a menorah at the Nyugati square in Budapest, Hungary, during the first day celebration of the eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
Hungary Hanukkah Orthodox Jewish men dance after the ceremonial lighting of the first lantern on a menorah at the Nyugati square in Budapest, Hungary, during the first day celebration of the eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
Germany Hanukkah Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, right, and Rabbi Segal Shmoel, center, inspect a giant Hanukkah Menorah, set up by the Jewish Chabad Educational Center, at the Pariser Platz in Berlin, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.
Baruch Oberlander; Csaba Latorcai Hungarian Hasidic Jewish religious leader Baruch Oberlander, right, and Deputy State Secretary for Priority Social Affairs Csaba Latorcai light the first lantern on a menorah at the Nyugati square in Budapest, Hungary, during the first day celebration of the eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
Charlie Baker Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker, center, sings along during a performance of the national anthem at the start of a menorah lighting ceremony at the Statehouse, in Boston, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. The event was held to commemorate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.
Germany Hanukkah Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, right, and Rabbi Segal Shmoel, left, inspect a giant Hanukkah Menorah, set up by the Jewish Chabad Educational Center, at the Pariser Platz in Berlin, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.
Denis McDonough, Rabbi Levi Shemtov, RabbiAbraham Shemtov Symbolic maccabi soldier participate in the annual National Menorah Lighting in celebration of Hanukkah, on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.
Denis McDonough, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough speaks during the annual National Menorah Lighting in celebration of Hanukkah, on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.
Mideast Israel Hanukkah An ultra-Orthodox Jewish family light candles during the last day of Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in the city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. The Jewish festival of light is an eight-day commemoration of the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom, which had tried to put statues of Greek gods in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
Mideast Israel Hanukkah An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man lights candles during the last day of Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in the city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. The Jewish festival of light is an eight-day commemoration of the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom, which had tried to put statues of Greek gods in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
Germany Hanukkah A worker fixes the central light of a giant Hanukkah Menorah, set up by the Jewish Chabad Educational Center, at the Pariser Platz in Berlin, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.
Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Rabbi Levi Shemtov speaks during the annual National Menorah Lighting, in celebration of Hanukkah, on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.
Denis McDonough, Rabbi Levi Shemtov, RabbiAbraham Shemtov From left, Rabbi Levi Shemtov, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Rabbi Abraham Shemtov participate in the annual National Menorah Lighting in celebration of Hanukkah, on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.
Denis McDonough, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough speaks during the annual National Menorah Lighting in celebration of Hanukkah, on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.
Denis McDonough, Rabbi Levi Shemtov, RabbiAbraham Shemtov Dreidel dance during the annual National Menorah Lighting in celebration of Hanukkah, on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.
Miri Ben-Ari Grammy Award Winning Violinist Miri Ben-Ari performs during the annual National Menorah Lighting in celebration of Hanukkah, on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.
Hungary Hanukkah Orthodox Jewish men dance after the ceremonial lighting of the first lantern on a menorah at the Nyugati square in Budapest, Hungary, during the first day celebration of the eight-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
Denis McDonough, Rabbi Levi Shemtov, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough accompanied by Rabbi Levi Shemtov speaks during the annual National Menorah Lighting in celebration of Hanukkah, on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.
Rachmiel Liberman, Charlie Baker Rabbi Rachmiel Liberman of Congregation Lubavitch, left, and Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker, right, light the center candle of an oversized menorah at the Statehouse, in Boston, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, during ceremonies to commemorate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.
Barack Obama, Michelle Obama President Barack Obama, with first lady Michelle Obama, greets people in front of a lit menorah Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, during the first of two Hanukkah receptions in the Grand Foyer of the White House.
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