Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights, is an eight day Jewish Holiday beginning on the 10th day of this month and ending on December 18, 2020.
Hanukkah celebrates the re-kindling of the Jewish Temple menorah at the time of the Maccabee rebellion. The festival is observed in Jewish homes by the kindling of lights on each night of the holiday.
This Jewish holiday is known for commemorating the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 B.C. after three years of war. Hanukkah’s direct translations means “dedication.”
On each of the holiday’s eight nights, another candle is added to the menorah (a nine-branched candelabrum) after sundown; the ninth candle, called the shamash (“helper”), is used to light the others. Blessings are typically recited during this ritual and display the menorah prominently in a window as a reminder to others of the miracle that inspired the holiday. Blessings over the candles are chanted and festive songs are sung, commemorating the Maccabean Revolt.
Although this holiday is not considered the most important of all the holidays, it is still a reminder of the miracles that occurred and to remain grateful. A time to focus on the most important aspects of life. We take time out to be with family, share gifts and give to those less fortunate.
Whether intentional or not, feelings of gratitude helps us appreciate life, improve our health, build strong relationship and handle adversity.
On behalf of the entire Prime Rehabilitation Services team, we wish you the joy of family, the gift of friends, and the best of everything in the coming year.