Seven days until Chanukah, menorah lighting

Thousands of children in Greenwich are very excited this week as they gear up for Chanukah in seven days.
happyhanukahChanukah, also known as the Festival of Lights is an eight-day Jewish holiday. On this day, Jews commemorate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE.
The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched Menorah or Hanukiah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night. The typical Menorah consists of eight branches with an additional raised branch. The extra light is called a Shamash and is given a distinct location, usually above or below the rest. The purpose of the shamash is to have a light available for use, as using the Hanukkah lights themselves is forbidden.
For children, Chanukah is associated with miracles, gelt, dreidels, delicious treats like latkes and donuts and dancing. It is a time to rekindle one’s commitment to serving others, being courageous enough to stand-up for truth and to believe in the power of just one individual to make a difference in the world.
All members of the community are invited to Chabad of Greenwich’s annual, outdoor Menorah Lighting on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m., on the grounds of the YMCA at 50 Putnam Avenue.
To register visit chabadgreenwich.org.

 

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