In 164 B.C.E., the Jewish troops captured Jerusalem. They weep when they see the Temple in a state of degradation from years of being in the control of the Seleucid (Greek) Empire. The Maccabees resolve to rededicate the Temple and restore it to its former glory. The rededication takes eight days.

Type of Custom: Holidays, Chanukah

Holiday/Event: Chanukah