Wake Forest, North Carolina (PressExposure) December 18, 2007 -- WCPE Great Sacred Music host Ken Hoover announced today that WCPE will air special programming at sundown, 6 p.m. ET on December 4 honoring the Jewish Festival of Lights, Chanukah.
WCPE will celebrate the lighting of the first candle of the seven candle menorah. The program will feature traditional tunes, sacred songs and commentary by Hoover. Rabbi Jenny Solomon selected the music and prepared the script in conjunction with WCPE staff: Greysolynne Hyman, Jenni Elion, Dick Storck and Hoover.
TheClassicalStation.org has a long history of observing the Jewish High Holy Days, going back to the late Andrea Rosnick who shared her faith and love of Jewish tradition with listeners for many years. Listener response around the world has been positive and enthusiastic.
"Chanukah is a holiday of lights, dreidels, latkes, dancing and singing," says Hoover. "Behind it all is a great story of heroism and faithfulness to God."
Contrary to popular belief, Chanukah is not the Jewish version of Christmas, though because of its proximity some customs, such as elaborate gift giving and decorations have been adopted.
Chanukah (Hebrew: חנוכה, also spelled Hanukkah), known as the Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication, and Feast of the Maccabees, is an eight-day Jewish holiday beginning on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may fall anytime from late November to late December.
From the Hebrew word for dedication or consecration, Chanukah marks the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration by the forces of Antiochus IV and commemorates the "miracle of the container of oil." According to the Talmud, at the re-dedication following the victory of the Maccabees over the Seleucid Empire, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, which was the length of time it took to press, prepare and consecrate fresh olive oil.
The Great Classical Music, 24 Hours A Day offered by WCPE transcends belief systems, being crafted by artists from all traditions and listened to by a global audience reflective of the world's diversity. Found throughout WCPE's programming are the traditions of people from all walks of life.
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