The Postal Service issued a 34-cent Hanukkah stamp in New York, New York, on October 21, 2001. The stamp, designed by Hannah Smotrich of Washington, DC, was produced in a self-adhesive pane of twenty.
The stamp, which was reissued with a new denomination, had first been issued in 1996 as part of the Holiday Celebrations Series. This special stamp was designed in honor of Hanukkah, a Jewish celebration commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem in 165 B.C.E, after its desecration three years earlier. Because Hanukkah centers on the miracle of light, candles are the primary symbol of the celebration.
Avery Dennison printed 40 million stamps in the gravure process.
Postal Bulletin (September 20, 2001).