Five-eighths of a miracle

5th January 1996 at 00:00
The original miracle of Chanukah consisted of the oil lamp burning not for one, but for eight days, when the Jews were finally able to rededicate the Temple in Jerusalem. When the festival is celebrated, one candle is lit on the first night, two on the second, and so on through the eight days.

In what must be a remarkable scoop, one of your photographers appears to have captured a second miracle (TES, December 22). The TES has shown itself to be, as always, ahead of the field by discovering a menorah (candlestick) with all eight candles burning by only the fifth night of Chanukah (if not earlier).

The light which grows throughout the festival of freedom has an important message for the world today. What a shame that your well-meaning photograph misses such an educational opportunity.

JOHN DUNSTON

Headteacher Sibford School, Sibford Ferris Banbury, Oxon

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