One candle tonight …

Tonight, we light the first candle on the menorah for Hanukkah.George?GEORGE!!!!Right, you’ve got your hat on? Now let’s say the prayer –Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, asher kidishanu bimitzvotav vitzivanu lihadik neir shel Hanukkah.

It is extra bright in our home tonight – two candles on the menorah,and all four Advent candles are lit – it is the first night of Hanukkah and Christmas Eve.

May this season of beauty and light fill your heart and home with happiness.

May’s comment: To commemorate Hanukkah, a Jewish holiday, we light a candle each night for eight successive nights.

No, we don’t celebrate every holiday. I had spent many years living with a Jewish family in New York and then my ex- of many years was Jewish. So for a lot of my adult life, I had celebrated Hanukkah. And I wish to remember the Jewish holidays fondly with the “extended” families who have been and still are a part of my life.

Happy Hanukkah to all who light the candles on the menorah.

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