The 8 day Jewish festival of Hanukkah starts today. If you want a fun little explanation about what the holiday is all about, see this Mayim Bialik video from 2017 (on a sidenote: Bialik will be the star of the US Miranda version called “Call me Kat”. I like Mayim but can Kat really be as fun as Miranda? Time will tell)…
I for one had forgotten what those letters on the dreidel (the spinning top that is traditionally played with during the holiday) exactly stood for, and now I remember. 🙂 Also, interesting how Mayim pronounces the word “chanukiah” (name of the 8 armed Hanukkah candelabra); she says “chanu-KEE-ya” whereas in my family we say “cha-NU-kiah”.
I’m not Jewish (although two siblings of mine are) and have no deep knowledge of all that happened around Hanukkah but I do know a little and have had latkes and sufganiyot and lit candles and played the dreidel for Hanukkah before. This festival is, among other things, a festival about finding light in darkness, which feels more relevant than ever this year. So, even to those who don’t celebrate or even really know about Hanukkah, I hope you all can find that light.