First Night of Hanukkah

The Jewish celebration of Hanukkah begins tonight at sunset! Over the course of eight days, members of the Jewish faith celebrate the victory of Judah Maccabee and his legions, and the miracle of Hanukkah, which is one of hope and light: while there was only enough oil to sustain the sacred lights of the menorah for one evening, the flames continued to burn for eight nights. Hope, much like those bright little lights, can sustain and endure through the darkness.

All around the world, Jewish people will kick off the “Festival of Lights” with traditional food and games, including the spinning of the dreidl. Unlike a typical spinning top, each of the dreidl’s four sides features a letter. These four letters stand for a Hebrew phrase, “nas godol hayah sham,” or “a great miracle happened there.” 

In this video, BHB Advisory Board member Adrienne Sirkin discusses the Hanukkah tradition and gives a latke-making demonstration!