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Amongst the best known of Jewish holidays, this eight-day feast of lights is always an opportunity for community gathering and celebration. Young and old, we come together to light our chanukiyot (or eight-branched menorahs), eat donuts and latkes, and throw a big party. At this season we also focus on the mystical meanings of light in the darkness.



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1st night of Hannukah Community Candle-Lighting Celebration

Sunday, December 18, 2022 

Bring your Hanukkiyahs and candles (2 per menorah)  for a community candle-lighting Hannukah celebration led by Hazzan Shayndel, Rabbi Eva & Ari Sharfstein. Join us for joyful songs, movement, story and food!  

A Little History | So what is Chanukah and why do we celebrate it?

The Hebrew word Chanukah means dedication, it is a holiday where we celebrate the rededication of the Holy Temple. In the second century BCE, Jerusalem was controlled by the Syrian-Greek empire. Jews were not allowed to practice our religion or culture and were actually forced to follow the ways of our oppressors. A small group of radical Jews led by Judah the Macabee pushed off the Syrian-Greek empire and liberated the holy city and holy temple from them. One of the first steps to rededicating the temple was to light the Neir Tamid (the oil flame that burns constantly in the temple, you see this same fire in all synagogues today, often above the Ark which holds the Torah). However, there was only one small jar of oil left in the temple, new oil would take 8 days to be made, this small jar was only enough for one day. Then a miracle happened and the oil lasted for the 8 days needed to make new oil. We now celebrate this holiday and the miracle that made it possible. 

The Mystical Meanings | Some Psycho-Spiritual Meanings and Themes

Chanukah, like all other Jewish Holidays, has a myriad of themes to connect to on a psycho-spiritual level. Each holiday has the ability for interpretation and reflection. Each year the holiday can mean something else because, as the years pass we change, and how we see the holiday changes with us. Here are some themes that you may want to work with this year or in years to come.

  • What does it mean to stand up for what is right? Where in your life have you done this recently? Where in your life could you do this now? 
  • What is the light you have inside of yourself you wish to kindle in the darkness around you? How can you feed it and help it grow each day?
  • What deeper miracles happen all the time that you don't even notice?  What would your life be like if you gave thanks for some hidden miracle every day?
  • Enough is Enough. How do you know when you have enough? How do you over-consume when you don't need to? What are the little things that matter more than the big things?
  • Public Jewish Display. What would it mean to you to celebrate this where all could see? What does that idea bring up for you? Chanukah is to be celebrated in public for others to see, what if anything stands in your way of doing this? How are you proud of yourself and how do you hide yourself?
  • And more! Come up with your own. share them with others and with us!
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