It is a time to praise God for his faithfulness in the past. Just as God provided oil on Hanukkah, God promises to provide for us, and just like the Maccabees rededicated the temple for God's purposes, God calls us to surrender our lives to him. For more on the story of Hanukkah, read here.
It is always encouraging to celebrate with others, especially brothers and sisters all over the world. I echo what Sarah Palin posted on her Facebook page:
I had the opportunity to host a hall program (I'm an RA) celebrating Hanukkah. I partnered with a new group that had just formed on campus, Shalom Israel, so that students could experience Hanukkah with latkes and other Jewish food, Hanukkah music (here's my playlist), dreidels, an 8-foot-tall menorah and a paper on Hanukkah that they could take with them.
We had a blast. If you've never celebrated the Festival of Lights, I encourage you to do so. Here are some photos of our event:
|Elizabeth Keiper making latkes for Hanukkah.|
|John Green, far left, discussing the history and significance of Hanukkah.|
|Kelsey Kobil with the 8-foot-tall menorah.|