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Hanukkah - A Week of Celebration

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on December 4, 2019 11:13

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We celebrate Hanukkah for 8 days, by lighting one candle every night for eight nights in December.

While walking close to a skate park in the San Francisco Bay Area, we saw several children skateboarding in the park, eating food made from potatoes, and near a park bench, a child was spinning a dreidel, a Jewish game traditionally played during Hanukkah. Watching them enjoying potato latkes and playing with a dreidel surprise us. The food and the game indicated that the Jewish holiday, Hanukkah, must be close by. 

On December 22, 2019, Hanukkah, a Jewish festival holiday, will start and continue for eight days. It’s a celebration of the rededication of a temple in 165 BC by the Maccabees, after its previous desecration. That year, the Maccabees lit candles on a Menorah (or candelabra) but had oil for only one night. Surprisingly, the oil burned for eight nights, so the celebration became an eight-night event. (Note that Christmas is celebrated for just one day.) 

Today the Jewish people celebrate the holiday every year by eating potato latkas, matzoh ball soup, chicken, brisket, and chopped liver, but not pork or any type of shellfish, nor do they eat meat and milk products together.

The Hanukkah celebration takes place in November or December, which is when it falls this year. Jewish families will celebrate Hanukkah by giving out chocolate coins or presents to children every day for eight days. Be prepared on Christmas Eve to see, in the cold night sky, a sleigh with Santa Clause and the Hanukkah Man, riding around giving out presents. 

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on December 4, 2019 11:13

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