Happy Hanukkah!

Nina Milstein, Writer

Everyone has their own traditions and cultures that they celebrate around the winter holiday season. Around this time of year, many people celebrate Christmas, but I celebrate Hanukkah.

Hanukkah always starts on the twenty-fifth day of Kislev “on a Jewish calendar”. This year, Hanukkah was celebrated from December 10th through December 18th. Hanukkah is a Jewish festival that commemorates the rededication of the second temple of Jerusalem by lighting candles. This is also known as “The Festival of Light,” where Jewish people get together to light candles each day at sundown; we take turns to light the candles for eight days.

On these days, Jewish people pray three blessings for the miracles every night based on when the Maccabees were hidden in 164 BCE and they had a small amount of oil that would last for one night, but it lasted for eight nights; that is the miracle of Hanukkah. The gifts are the blessings said as the Hanukkah candles are lit.

I celebrate Hanukkah with my family and we always love to decorate the house with candles and flowers as a tradition every year. We also play games like bingo, the dreidel game, apples to apples, and we listen to music. While listening to music, we cook.

The traditional Hanukkah foods are potato pancakes with applesauce (known as latkes), sweet noodle kugel, matzo ball soup, applesauce, and pot roast. What my family would make for Hanukkah are latkes and vegetables. My personal favorite dish is matzo ball soup.