Come Celebrate the Festival of Lights: Hanukkah

Shaarei Beth El opens its doors to the public on December 17th.

Hanukkah, Menorah, day 1, Oakville Ontario
Come Celebrate the Festival of Lights: Hanukkah
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As the sun sets across the world tonight, Jewish families and their friends will gather around and celebrate Hanukkah, by lighting a menorah, eating fried foods, playing with dreidels, and giving gifts. It is an eight day festival, which marks the dedication of the second temple in the second century B.C.E. when the Maccabee’s survived a siege by the Greeks.

The story is one of hope and gratitude, since it was a miracle that the Maccabee’s were able to hold back the Greek Army. The lighting of the menorah, an 9 candle candelabra, marks the eight days that a day’s worth of oil managed to last, allowing the Maccabee’s to triumph over their oppressors. Fried foods are served to commemorate the use of oil include: Latkes (potato pancakes) and Sufganiyot (a jam filled donut).

There are so many things to be grateful for in our community and country including being able to elect our public servants. We live in a country which provides us with the greatest individual freedoms that have ever existed. Our health care system is one of the best, and the advances in science have allowed many people to enjoy longer and healthier lives. For many of us we have food on our tables, a roof over our heads, and clothes on our backs. We live in a community that supports the arts as well as sports, and is among the wealthiest in the country. Even with all we have, we continue to strive for a better world in which the air is cleaner and our water is pure. The list of things to be grateful for is almost endless.

In Oakville, the congregation of Shaarei Beth El opens its doors on the second day of Hanukkah, so that all faiths can come together to learn and enjoy the festival of lights. The Hanukkah Open House takes place on Wednesday, December 17th starting at 7:00 PM. Shaarei Beth El Congregation is located at 186 Morrison Road.






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