Tonight is the fourth evening of Hanukkah – the Festival of Lights – in which my Jewish friends celebrate the miracle of the oil in 2 BCE.
Tonight in the Ghetto in Roma the fourth candle will be lit on the menorah – in many households the traditional prayers will be said, gelt will be given to the children, dreidels will be spun, songs sung and foods specific to the feast will be eaten.
We light these lights for the miracles and the wonders, for the redemption and the battles that you made for our forefathers, in those days at this season, through your holy priests. During all eight days of Hanukkah these lights are sacred, and we are not permitted to make ordinary use of them except for to look at them in order to express thanks and praise to Your great Name for Your miracles, Your wonders and Your salvations.
To all my dear friends celebrating Hanukkah I wish a happy and holy feast tonight and in the coming four days.
04 decembre – Santa Barbara