Hanukkah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting. In Hebrew, the word ” Hanukkah” means “dedication.” As the story goes, when the Jewish people defeated the occupying forces, they reclaimed the holy temple in Jerusalem. Once the Temple was retaken they proceeded to rededicate it to God and restore its ritual purity. Eight days of oil were needed to complete the ritual purification, but they were only able to find enough oil for the menorah to burn for one day. They lit the menorah with the one day’s worth of oil. Miraculously, the oil lasted for the full eight days. Hanukkah is a sacred celebration of the miracle of the oil that kept a menorah lit almost 2200 years ago.
Let us all embrace and celebrate the miracle of Hanukkah and light the world with a connection to this sacred Jewish tradition of faith and fortitude. Let each us light a candle in our heart to help purify the world through the connection to others.