Whether you spell Hanukkah or Chanukah or one of the many other ways, for Jewish families all across the world tonight begins a time of joy and celebrating with food, gifts and games. After this last year, who wouldn’t welcome a joyful celebration!
Hanukkah begins with the lighting of the first of the menorah candles. For each of the next seven nights, an additional candle is lit until all 8 are glowing. For that reason Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights. It celebrates the victory over a Greek army by a small group of Jewish warriors. In rededicating the Jerusalem temple, they found only a small amount of sacred oil to light the menorah. Miraculously, the oil burned for 8 days.
To all friends who celebrate the holiday we say Chanukah Sameach!