Celebrating Hanukkah

Also known as the Jewish Festival of Lights, the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah (or Chanukah) celebrates two miracles: a great Jewish military victory and a miraculous supply of oil for the Temple. The Hanukkah menorah holds nine candles, one for each of the eight nights and an additional candle that’s used to light the others. One candle is lit on the first night, two on the second night, until all eight candles are lit on the eighth night. Hanukkah is a time to celebrate with family and friends, to eat holiday treats, to give gifts (especially to children) and to play the dreidel game.

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For everything there is a season—a time to die and a time to be born. With the arrival of winter’s low dark sky, communities around the world look to the miracle of light as a sign of rebirth and a source of hope. We celebrate the promise of new life and recommit ourselves to the protection of everyone’s right to his or her own radiant humanity.

Celebrating the winter holidays, thus, is an excellent opportunity for Unitarian Universalist congregations to express their commitment to our Sixth Principle: We covenant to affirm and promote the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all. See Sixth Principle Resources for winter holidays.

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  • When Hanukkah Comes Early (WorshipWeb)
    By Leah Ongiri
    Tagged as: Identity, Judaism, Strength, Tradition, WorshipWeb, Worship
  • You Are the Holiday Miracle (WorshipWeb)
    By Gwen Matthews
    Tagged as: Christianity, Earth-Centered, Hope, Judaism, Love, Mystery, Paganism, Reverence, Tradition, Winter


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  • Holiday Season Prayer (WorshipWeb)
    By Wayne B. Arnason
    Tagged as: Balance, Patience, Service, Unitarian Universalism, Vulnerability


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  • Each Candle a Miracle (WorshipWeb)
    By Amanda Udis-Kessler
    Tagged as: Anti-Oppression, Awe, Freedom, Judaism, Trust, Wonder

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