Today begins the Judaic holiday of Hanukkah—the festival of lights. This eight-day event commemororates the restoration of the Second Temple of Jerusalem during the second century BC. Traditionally , the Beta-Israelites of Ethiopia — the Black Jews — did not commemorate the festival of Hanukkah . This has been said because the Beta-Israelites were among the Jews that were never enslaved after the fall of Jerusalem to Babylonians in the fifth century B.C. Although many hypothesis exist on the origin of the Ethiopian Jews —- Many Judaic traditions, including the book the Talmud, are based of a Jewish identify enslaved and in exile. The Beta Israelites knew nothing of this enslavement for they were saved in Ethiopia.