The Name of the Holiday
The name Chanukah is an acronym for the Hebrew words “Chanu Khaf Heh”, “they rested on the twenty-fifth”. (Chanu – they rested, and the letters Khaf and Heh are “twenty” and “five”.) This refers to the Jews’ victory over their enemies. The name Chanukah also connotes “dedicated”. During those days, the Temple and the alter were rededicated and purified from the defilement caused by the Greeks.