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Hanukkah

Trays of colorfully decorated donuts for Hanukkah

In Jerusalem, Hanukkah is all about food. The famous Israeli jelly donuts appear in shops about a month before the holiday screaming, “Buy me! Eat me! Savor me!”

Cantor Evan Kent
Closeup of a budding pine cone in a pine tree dusted with snow

My husband, along with millions and billions of other people, doesn’t celebrate Christmas, but I never thought my children wouldn’t celebrate it.

Susan Brownstein
Assortment of dreidels amidst holiday lights

Sometimes we create our own traditions, sometimes we carry on a tradition we inherit, and sometimes a tradition can come from unexpected places.

Ann Imig
Two young boys lighting a Hanukkah menorah

This meditation for Hanukkah focuses on bringing the light we carry inside ourselves into the world and lighting the lamps of awe and wonder in our children.

Alden Solovy
Gold menorah fully lit with red candles

This light’s for Hanukkah, for a people who who choose to begin our best of days with light...
 

Rick Lupert
Young children watching the candles in a hanukkiyah (Hanukkah menorah)

Hanukkah offers echoes from our tradition to be “a light among the nations,” suggesting that we, like the holiday’s candles, can bring warmth and vision to the world.

Lillian Feldman-Hill
Lit Hanukkah menorah on second night of Hanukkah w/unfocused reflections of light in the background

This year, the heated argument between the disciples of Hillel and the followers of Shammai over how to light the Hanukkah menorah speaks to me.

Rabbi Michael L. Feshbach
Hanukkah menorah with all the candles lit, and other lights in the background

According to Rashi, we light Hanukkah candles to “publicize the miracle.” What exactly is the miracle we’re publicizing – and what’s the best way for us to do so today?

Rabbi David Jaffe
Kotel (Western Wall) at night seen from a distance

Although Jews have had access to the Western Wall since 1967, only some Jews feel ownership over this important site. 

Chelsea Feuchs
Lit menorah in a window of thick, opaque glass

We always lit two menorahs at Hanukkah: One used candles; the other was electric, with bright orange bulbs. That second one became a precious symbol of life and light.

Sheri Denkensohn-Trott

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