The origin of how Hanukkah came to be

The Jewish festival of lights, also known as Hanukkah, starts Thursday evening. I spoke with a local rabbi about the origins of the celebration and what it means to the Jewish community today. “Hanukkah is an eight-day celebration that we celebrate every year at the early part of winter,” said Rabbi Mendy Dubrowski, director of the Chabad Chai synagogue in South Tampa. Rabbi Dubrowski said Hanukkah commemorates two miracles that happened when the Jews were living in Israel under the Greek empire.