December 13, 2017
Hello again, everybody.
I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Hanukkah.
Before we light the candles on the Menorah, we recount the story of the miracle of Hanukkah when a small group of Jews stood up to the Greek-Syrian empire and refused to abandon their religion. They defeated the mighty empire and re-consecrated the holy Temple. The miracle of the Festival of Lights is that one day of holy oil lasted eight days, hence the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah.
After the story, we gather around the Menorah, light the candles, exchange gifts, and eat, eat, eat! I love this holiday.
I hope you all have a Happy Hanukkah and a very delightful holiday season.
All my best,
CEO and Senior Provost
Touro University Western Division