Yesterday, I spent the day in Israel teaching about Hanukkah. Yes...the Arab in Israel, speaking Hebrew and sharing the story of the Maccabees and their miraculous victory in battle over King Antiochus and his Syrian army over 2000 years ago. The people of Judah were outnumbered 100 to 1. (Not a great ratio, unless your god is the God of Israel.) Long story short, God worked several miracles on their behalf, one of which was multiplying the oil in their lamps when they returned home from the war. They had enough oil for one night, but God miraculously re-filled the oil for the next eight days. Hence, the "Festival of Lights" celebration we know as Hanukkah was born.
Take a peek into my center and see what transpired....
"Eight Days of Hanukkah" was playing while they entered the room. They couldn't see my laptop screen, but could hear the story of the Maccabees re-told through the song. Senator Orrin Hatch (Utah) wrote the song and had it recorded.
The story of Hanukkah
Playing the dreidel game
We concluded our time together with a
story entitled, "Light the Lights"
The other centers included the celebration of Kwanzaa, Parranda and the Christian Christmas story.
Until next time...