Hanukkah is celebrated by many in the Bullis community. This holiday is important to many in our school community and has an impact on all of us in one way or another.
Hanukkah stems from the second century BCE Judah and the Maccabees had just reclaimed the city of Jerusalem from the Greeks. When reclaiming their holy temples, the people wanted to light the menorah, but found only one cruse of olive oil left. When lit, the one oil supply lasted for 8 days, and that is why Hanukkah is 8 days long.
During the eight days of celebration , there are daily lightings of the candled Menorah, y the 8th and final night all the candles are lit, symbolizing the conclusion of Hanukkah. Blessings and recited songs are also part of the ceremony. Prayers are recited to show reverence along with the joyous celebration. Prayer keeps the people connected with their faith and keep them in good spirits.
Hanukkah is celebrated over eight days and is meant to serve as a time to be thankful and rejoice in blessings from the year. Through a feast, prayer, and time to celebrate with family and friends, Hanukkah is a special time of year. After periods of fasting, Hanukkah is one of the only times in the Jewish religion that indulgence and celebration are appreciated and encouraged.
The meaning of Hanukkah goes beyond just the holiday itself. The word means “dedication” and represents the reverence and respect that the Jewish people have for their religion. It is a time to “spend time with family and celebrate blessings” said CJ Amsellem. (‘19) It “gives us time to think and realize what we are thankful for” he added.
Hanukkah is special to our community because we too have many students who celebrate this holiday. Our own festival of lights lead the festivities leading up to this special time of year. This has been a tradition for many years now, and will continue to as more students learn about and embrace the meaning of the holiday.