The Hebrew word Hanukkah means “dedication” and refers to the joyous eight-day celebration through which Jews commemorate the victory of the Maccabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and “rededication” of the Temple in Jerusalem.
Born in 1958, I came of age in the 1960s and ‘70s in the north end of Flint, MI. Today, that neighborhood is an urban war zone. Within its few square miles, my old neighborhood is responsible for one of the highest per capita rates of deadly crime in the USA. It was different in 1967.