The Pitch

Hannukah: eight days of reflection and celebration

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






The+Hanukiah+has+been+lit+for+another+night+of+Hanukkah.+Many+families+in+the+Jewish+community+will+light+their+Hanukiahs+for+the+holiday+this+December.+
Back to Article
Back to Article

Hannukah: eight days of reflection and celebration

The Hanukiah has been lit for another night of Hanukkah. Many families in the Jewish community will light their Hanukiahs for the holiday this December.

The Hanukiah has been lit for another night of Hanukkah. Many families in the Jewish community will light their Hanukiahs for the holiday this December.

Photo courtesy of artimaginacion.com

The Hanukiah has been lit for another night of Hanukkah. Many families in the Jewish community will light their Hanukiahs for the holiday this December.

Photo courtesy of artimaginacion.com

Photo courtesy of artimaginacion.com

The Hanukiah has been lit for another night of Hanukkah. Many families in the Jewish community will light their Hanukiahs for the holiday this December.

Advertisement

The month of December is known for being festive as it plays host to various holidays. Amongst those holidays is the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah; a holiday that holds symbolism and importance. Lasting eight nights, Hanukkah is a special holiday in the Jewish community.

“My favorite part of the holiday season is buying gifts for people and being with family,” junior Kira Krucoff said.

The history of Hanukkah dates back to around 200 B.C. when the land of Israel was taken over by Antiochus III. His son, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who took over after him, outlawed the Jewish religion and ordered that the Jews worship Greek gods. He also ordered his soldiers to attack Jerusalem and in doing so, the soldiers massacred thousands of people and destroyed the holy second Temple, replacing it with an altar to Zeus.

In response to this tragedy, a rebellion broke out, lead by Jewish priest Mattathias and his five sons. When Mattathias died, his son Judah Maccabee took control and within two years they had successfully driven the Syrian oppressors out of Jerusalem. According to Jewish tradition, in their rededication efforts of the second Temple, a miracle was witnessed. Despite there being only enough oil to keep the menorah candles lit for a single day, it instead lit for eight nights. In dedication to this miraculous happening, the Jews henceforth celebrated the eight night holiday known as Hanukkah.

“It’s important to remember the history of Hanukkah because we celebrate the eight nights the oil burned and how we survived together as Jews once again,” junior Alex Nevo said.

As Hanukkah is celebrated in Jewish households this December, the triumph of the Maccabees will be remembered and Hanukiahs (nine-branched candle holders) will be lit each night to symbolize each day that the oil lasted. There will be fried foods to eat such as potato latkes; families will sing songs and some will even give presents.

“My favorite Hanukkah tradition is lighting the menorah with my family because I enjoy spending time with them,” junior Lucas Guberman said.

No matter what holiday you celebrate this December, it will be a joyous month of festivities across all religions. Whether you’re going to services, getting presents or simply spending time with family, the holidays are always a special time of the year.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
4
0
About the Writer
Matt Shea, Opinion Editor

Junior Matthew Shea is an opinion editor in his first year writing for The Pitch. He enjoys following sports, hanging with friends and is excited to be...

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Hannukah: eight days of reflection and celebration

    Feature

    WJ student’s consent education bill passed

  • Hannukah: eight days of reflection and celebration

    Feature

    Teachers take mixed approaches to student discipline

  • Hannukah: eight days of reflection and celebration

    Feature

    Juniors to scope out colleges during spring break

  • Hannukah: eight days of reflection and celebration

    Feature

    Slough reminisces about WJ before retirement

  • Hannukah: eight days of reflection and celebration

    Feature

    Teachers suffer long commutes, discuss challenges getting to school

  • Hannukah: eight days of reflection and celebration

    Feature

    Words that have changed over time

  • Hannukah: eight days of reflection and celebration

    Mental Health Issue

    Teachers react to student stress

  • Hannukah: eight days of reflection and celebration

    Mental Health Issue

    WJ’s school programs are helpful but limited in effect

  • Hannukah: eight days of reflection and celebration

    Mental Health Issue

    Insulting humor and ignorance leads to mental health stigma

  • Hannukah: eight days of reflection and celebration

    Feature

    An evolution of stress: how adults view teen stress vs. when they went to high school

Navigate Right
The official student newspaper of Walter Johnson High School
Hannukah: eight days of reflection and celebration