Hanukkah: Sharing a little More Light and a Lot More Hope

Hanukkah: December 18 – December 26, 2022

Hanukkah is considered the Jewish festival of lights. At sundown on the first day of Hanukkah two candles are lit on the Menorah in the window of a Jewish home, a beacon of hope to the world even as it brings together families in warmth and joy in the home. For seven succeeding days an additional candle is lit on the Menorah until on the eighth day all nine candles are lit. (The middle candle is used to light the other candles each day.)

During Hanukkah Jews remember a time when the consecrated oil that burned in the temple should have been enough for only one day but it lasted eight days.

Hanukkah is a celebration of the gift of strength through a difficult time as much as it is a celebration of the light of hope.

Everyone of us has a little candle of hope that burns in us through our darkest times. The light and the hope increase when we join our little light and stubborn hope with that of another. 

“Light comes literally, with the lighting of an additional candle each day, and metaphorically, through a newer emphasis on ‘tikkun olam’”, that is, “participation with God and others in repairing the world” through charity, social action and social justice.

Gratitude Prompt: Give thanks for those who share their lights with mine on our human journeys.

This has some really interesting and fun information on the celebration of Hanukkah: its origin, family games, crafts, making a menorah, recipes and more.

For more about the Origins of Hanukkah and the importance of “survival of the unique”: