Skip to comments.On Long Island, faith, freedom among Hanukkah themes
Posted on 12/21/2008 11:30:52 AM PST by JoeProBono
The power of Hanukkah is rooted in miracles, including the legend of one night's oil that burned for eight days after Jewish warriors reconquered a sacred temple. The second century BC rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem is commemorated by Hanukkah, an eight-day festival that begins tonight. Today, more than 2,000 years later, Jewish leaders say that faith and hope continue to resonate as appropriate themes for a celebration taking place in difficult times. They cite the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the economic crisis and, locally, what police describe as the hate-crime death of an Ecuadorean immigrant in Patchogue. "In light of our current situation and the crisis we are going through, there is a message there that people can take to heart," said Rabbi Charles Klein of the Merrick Jewish Centre.
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Praying for miracles may be all that we have left.
Barukh Atta Adonay Eloheynu Melekh Ha-olam Asher Kiddeshanu Be-mitsvotav Ve-tsivanu Lehadlik Ner Shel khanuka