As we are in the full swing of the holiday season, it truly is the best time of the year, for everybody. Many people at Friends Academy are preparing for Christmas, putting the ornaments on their trees, listening to Michael Bublé, or watching old Christmas classics like “Elf”. However, for those of us who celebrate Hanukkah, the best time of the year is coming to a close. Compared to other Jewish holidays, Hanukkah doesn’t necessarily rank as highly in importance as other Jewish holidays such as Rosh Hashanah or Passover. However, Hanukkah is something that many Jewish people look forward to every year. Hanukkah is a compelling holiday because given the fact that it’s 8 days long, it gives many people different ways to celebrate. Though there aren’t nearly as many menorahs hanging around in public, Hanukkah isn’t certainly something very relevant in the minds of many at this time of year.
As Adam Sandler once so eloquently put it, “Instead of one day of presents, we get 8 crazy nights!” I spoke to a few people at Friends to find how they spend their 8 crazy nights. When I spoke to junior Lizzy Stein she told me that since she and her family are religious, they were in temple quite a bit this week. They also light the candles and say blessings like most Jewish families do. “We also make latkes yearly to connect the oil used to make the latkes to the oil we burned for 8 days” Lizzy said. Another junior, Caroline Hoyt, told me that she also lights the candles with her family. “Towards the last few nights we have a bunch of family and friends over and we eat latkes, light the candles, and play with the dreidel.”
There is certainly a lot to be excited about at this time of the year and for a lot of people, Hanukkah is at the top of this list.