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Happy Hanukkah!

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP/KALB News Channel 5) - The eight-day Jewish celebration of Hanukkah has begun in Washington with the lighting of the first candle on the National Menorah.
    
Jewish cantors accompanied by the U.S. Air Force Band performed before a small crowd gathered in cold damp weather on the Ellipse, the grassy park adjacent to the White House.
    
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman noted the rare convergence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving this year, and said it provided "even more reasons to count our blessings."

The Jewish calendar differs from the U.S. (Gregorian) calendar. It's the first time since 1888 that Hanukkah has coincided with the Thanksgiving holiday. It's not expected to occur again for approximately 76,000 years, given the difference in the calendars.
 
Rabbi Avraham Shemtov said the commemoration of a miracle and Jewish victory more than 2,000 years ago can help prepare the world for "the coming of the redeemer."
    
Shortly after Hanukkah ends next week, the National Christmas Tree will be lit on the Ellipse.

A speical menorah lighting takes place on Friday evening, November 29th at the Jewish Temple in Alexandria, La.

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