The eight-day Jewish holiday of Hannukah is just wrapping up.

People who observe the holiday light candles in nine-branch candle holders, or menorahs, to celebrate the victory of the Maccabee rebels over the Seleucid empire in Jerusalem.

The Seleucid empire was founded by a Greek general who had served under Alexander the Greek. The Jews in ancient Palestine liked Alexander the Great, but they hated the way the Seleucid empire had treated the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. One problem was that the empire had let the lights in the temple's menorah go out.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.