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Hanukkah: A time to celebrate renewable energy

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If there was ever a holiday to elevate renewable energy one need look no further than Hanukah.

The winter holiday of Hanukkah is a minor holiday on the crowded Jewish calendar. Hanukah commemorates a guerrilla military victory against religious oppression. But there is more than meets the eye in the lighting of eight little candles on a holiday menorah. The miraculous legend that accompanies the victory of a small band of soldiers over the Greek/Seleucids, who deployed elephants like Sherman tanks, is what sparks the lighting of candles for eight nights. The Maccabees captured back the sacred Jerusalem Temple. To rededicate the holy space, they must light the golden menorah. The priests can find only one vial of sanctified olive oil and it should last for only one day. And yet, that one vial miraculously lasts for eight days. Behold! This clean, renewable olive oil produces an 87 percent reduction in the use of fuel by the Temple menorah.

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