Indian Jews unite to light ‘lamp of miracles’

By: | Published: December 13, 2015 12:03 AM

Jews across the world and in India are celebrating the festival of Hanukkah (called the Festival of Lights and Miracles) an eight-day long feast...

Jews across the world and in India are celebrating the festival of Hanukkah (called the Festival of Lights and Miracles) an eight-day long feast, wherein the eight-branched Menorah (candle stand) is lit to signify a miracle in history. The festival commenced this year on December 6 evening and will go on until December 14 evening, as the Jewish calendar and date are calculated from evening to evening.

However, this year holds a special significance for the Jews in India as the last day of the feast will be celebrated with Najma Heptulla, minister of minority affairs, who will be the chief guest at the Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue in south Mumbai. Jews from across India, including New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Pune, Alibag and other regions, will unite at the synagogue to light the lamp of miracles together with Heptulla. The Jews in India are also hoping to be recognised as a minority community in the country.

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