🕯 4 Reasons to Start Celebrating Chanukah and how to do itDec 01, 2021
"Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness." –Anne Frank
I'm sure you are wondering if this holiday is for you and that's a perfectly good question.
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I think it's a holiday we can both get excited about here's my checklist.
People who are being forced to worship a false god rise up and overthrow their oppressors. A small group of rebel fighters overthrow Antiochus IV Epiphanes.
The celebration of light in the midst of darkness. In modern day we now light candles, put them in our windows to shine the light out into the darkness.
I think one part that is so cool to me is there is a candle called the Shamash (which means servant candle). This candle sits in the middle of the menorah and is lit first. Then it is used to light the other candles. Basically, this one little guy helps spread the light to all the other friends.
We emphasize with the kids that even though he spreads his light to the other candles his light does not get any dimmer. Such an important lesson these days!
A miracle of oil lasting eight days. After the Maccabees recaptured their holy temple they needed oil to rededicate the temple to the true God. They only had enough for one day, but it lasted for eight days, which was how long it took to get more oil made for the menorah to keep burning.
Fried food. To celebrate that miracle of the oil lasting we eat fried food for eight days. Donuts, fried chicken, fried potato pancakes (called latkes), and basically anything else you can think of frying.
The holiday intentionally focuses not on the army victory where people died and there was great violence, but instead, it focuses on the miracle of the oil. I really love this element of Chanukah.
We should all focus on spreading light, pushing back the darkness, and the promise that we will be taken care of.
No matter how you chose to celebrate the holiday or if you even do I hope you have a great holiday season and that your light spreads in the darkness.
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