The Hanukkah menorah and American symbolism

December 6, 2018 18:21
The Hanukkah menorah and American symbolism

The audience waits for the lighting of the US National Hanukka Menorah on the Ellipse in Washington on December 6, 2015. (photo credit: SWAIT SERKAN GURBUZ / REUTERS)


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According to many studies of the American Jewish community, Hanukkah is the holiday most observed by the nation’s Jewry.
My own personal interest in Hanukkah was developed when I was growing up in Atlanta. At the Shearith Israel Synagogue, I had the opportunity to participate in Hanukkah plays as a Hanukkah candle and sometimes even as a Maccabee. For me it was a matter of great pride because in my public school, James L. Key, we began singing Christmas carols at special assemblies at least three weeks before the major festival.


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