This morning Sam’s family shared a beautiful holiday tradition with the class. They celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas—as do several other Rainey Room families, we learned. Today they brought a menorah and candles and shared with us some parts of their Hanukkah celebration. Katherine explained how the center candle, or shamash, is used to light the other eight. Josh told the story of the miracle of Hanukkah: during a very difficult time for Jewish people, a little lamp oil that should have lasted for only a day burned for eight days. The lesson, as Josh explained, is that "even when things seem hard, there’s reason to have a little bit of hope." Then we all sang a favorite song of Sam’s, “Rock of Ages.”
Afterward, Sam’s family shared lots of different dreidels and explained the letters inscribed on each side form the acronym for the phrase, “A great miracle happened there.” We all had a wonderful time sharing and spinning the dreidels. Several children wanted to learn to play the game, so Sam’s family kindly loaned one of the dreidels to the class.
Thanks to Sam’s family for sharing their tradition with the Rainey Room. We all learned a lot about Hanukkah and about each other!
by Lisa & Rachael
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