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First night of Chanukah, Festival of Lights

Wishing you a peaceful, warm festival season. Winter Solstice is today as well. Shortest day of the year corresponds with the candlelit hope that things will brighten this year.

If you’ve been following the news, you probably know that there have been qassams and mortar fire reaching Sderot, Nahal Oz and here in the Eshkol region. (info on Eshkol in Hebrew)

The weather’s been warm and though the cloud cover has hinted at rain, it’s been dry. The weather makes a difference. Rain would probably bring fewer such attacks.

But it’s Chanukah! On the kibbutz tonight, we’re lighting Ner Rishon (first candle of 8).  We also have a torch race, in which the kids of the kibbutz run a route marked out by candles in bags of sand. In the Dining Room, soufganiot (jelly doughnuts) will be served. I prefer a more macrobiotic diet, so I’m an observer rather than a consumer.

Enjoy, stay safe. Be warm.

Chanukiah or Chanukah Menora, made by Zo

Chanukiah or Chanukah Menora, made by Zo

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