November 21, 164 B.C.E. – Judah the Maccabee, son of Mattathias of the Hasmonean family, restores the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem. Judah led a revolt in Judea against the Seleucids – a Hellenistic empire led at the time by Antiochus IV Epiphanes. This event is commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.
In 2012, Israel and India released a joint issue of stamps celebrating the Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah and the Hindu Festival of Lights, Deepavali.