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** FILE ** Rabbi Abraham Shemtov (from right); Jacob Lew, director of the Office of Management and Budget; and Rabbi Levi Shemtov light the National Menorah on the Ellipse in Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, to mark Hanukkah. (The Washington Times)

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For children: Oh! Hanukkah!

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This artwork by M. Ryder relates to Hanukkah and Christmas.

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** FILE ** Rabbi Abraham Shemtov (from right); Jacob Lew, director of the Office of Management and Budget; and Rabbi Levi Shemtov light the National Menorah on the Ellipse in Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, to mark Hanukkah. (The Washington Times)

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Rabbi Abraham Shemtov, left, Office of Management and Budget director Jacob Lew, center, and Rabbi Levi Shemtov light the National Menorah in celebration of Hanukkah on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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A man dressed as a Maccabee takes part in the the National Menorah lighting ceremony in celebration of Hanukkah on the Ellipse near the White House on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, center, installs with other Rabbis a giant Hanukkah Menorah at the launch of the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, named Hanukkah, at the Pariser Platz near the Brandenburg Gate in central Berlin on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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Russia's chief rabbi, Berel Lazar lights candles on the menorah during the lighting ceremony marking the start of Hanukkah outside the Kremlin in Moscow, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. Dozens of people gathered in below-freezing temperatures outside the Kremlin to watch the lighting of the menorah. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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Jews dance near the menorah marking the start of Hanukkah outside the Kremlin in Moscow, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. Dozens of people gathered in below-freezing temperatures -4 F outside the Kremlin to watch the lighting of menorah. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal (center) installs a giant Hanukkah menorah with other rabbis at the launch of the eight-day Jewish festival of lights at the Pariser Platz near the Brandenburg Gate in central Berlin on Wednesday.

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Hebrew Day School students have a dress rehearsal for their Hanukkah play at their school in Silver Spring, Maryland, Wednesday, December 9, 2009. Hanukkah, also known as Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE. Hanukkah is held for eight nights, beginning on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, and may occur from late November to late December on the Gregorian calendar.(Astrid Riecken/The Washington Times)