Hannukah (as it is sometimes spelled) is a peculiar Jewish holiday. Minor from a religious point of view, it’s become a major event on American-Jewish calendars because of its proximity to Christmas, and as an opportunity for gift-giving. And since it celebrates a successful historical uprising against foreign rule in the land of Israel, it has been embraced for its Zionist resonances in today’s Israel. But as indicated in this blog post of ours three years ago, “Hannukah & history: the pride & the pity,” the full context of its actual history was not altogether good for the Jews.
Still, it’s a time that should be enjoyed, with traditional food, songs, and family & communal gatherings. Khag Sameakh!
|Dick Tracy joins in candle lighting|