The Jewish Holiday of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, lasts eight days and commemorates the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in 165 BCE by the Maccabees after its destruction by an invading force that prohibited the practice of the Jewish religion.
It is marked by the successive lighting of eight candles on the menorah.
Sadly, now, as then, Jews and others are targeted for violence because of their faith.
Now, as then, let us celebrate the lights of Hanukkah overcoming the darkness of bigotry and hate.
Let us recommit to the promise that President George Washington made in 1790 to the Jews at Toro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, that that the United States “gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.”
Let the lights of Hanukkah inspire the Spirit of Love in each of us during this Holiday Season and the coming year!