2015-12-02 / Editorials

Happy Chanukah!

As of Sunday, December 6 through Monday, December 14, Jewish people around the world will be celebrating Chanukah, the Festival of Lights with gifts, feasting, and celebrations. The holiday celebrates the coming winter; ideals of freedom, the triumph of right over wrong, and the weak over the strong, and Jewish nationalism.

Chanukah commemorates the reclamation of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, which was then rededicated. When they went to light the Menorah, there was some anxiety, as there was only enough oil for one day, but a miracle happened, and that small amount lasted for eight days.

The traditional celebration includes treats of rugelach and latkes, and the children enjoy gifts of Chanukah gelt (money), chocolate “coins,” in addition to modern holiday gifts, and playing Dreidel. The game is interesting because it is not only fun, but uses a mnemonic, or memory device, that not only teaches Hebrew, but also commemorates the holiday. The four letters, Nun, Gimmel, Hei and Shin, stand for the phrase, Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, “a great miracle happened there.”

We wish everyone a blessed Chanukah!

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