From sunset on the 10 December to nightfall on the 18 December my Jewish family and friends celebrate Hanukkah.

We send them our loving thoughts and best wishes especially as this year they will not be able to celebrate in the usual manner.

Happy Hanukkah to everyone.

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Hanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. It is also known as the Festival of Lights.

Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. The festival is observed by lighting the candles of a candelabrum with nine branches, called a menorah (or hanukkiah). One branch is typically placed above or below the others and its candle is used to light the other eight candles. This unique candle is called the shamash ("attendant"). Each night, one additional candle is lit by the shamash until all eight candles are lit together on the final night of the festival. Other Hanukkah festivities include playing the game of dreidel and eating oil-based foods, such as latkes and sufganiyot, and dairy foods. (en.wikipedia.org)

If you would like to read more about the meaning of Hanukkah please click here.

You might also fancy doing a little cooking. Here is a recipe for Classic Latkes.

Classic latkes (delish.com)

Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame. Blessed is the flame that burns in the secret fastness of the heart.
—Hannah Senesh

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