|National Menorah 2011 and Washington Monument in background, President's Park, The Ellipse, Washington DC.|
To all our Jewish friends.
According to tradition as recorded in the Talmud, at the time of the re-dedication, there was very little oil left that had not been defiled by the Greeks. Oil was needed for the menorah (candelabrum) in the Temple, which was supposed to burn throughout the night every night. There was only enough oil to burn for one day, yet miraculously, it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of oil for the menorah.Stretching of oil, now that is an ecumenical enterprise we can all enjoy. Mazel tov!