Youngsters celebrate beginning of Hanukkah

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- This evening marks the beginning of a very festive holiday filled with lights, singing and great food.

For the kindergartners at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, it’s hard to choose the one best thing about Hanukkah.

Besides the song and dance, there are games and fun. But the festival of lights is also about the food.

The food is fried to commemorate the oil that kept the flame burning for eight days. That’s not the only miracle this holiday celebrates.

“There were the Jews, the Maccabees. Judah was strong and even though he was smaller, they beat the Greeks because God helped them,” says kindergartner Norah Pabst. She retold the story with the help of junior Adena Goldberg.

There’s also the menorah. A candle is lit ever night along with prayer.

The celebration continues for eight days.

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