Moshe Davis said, “A candle is a small thing. But one candle can light another. And see how its own light increases, as a candle gives its flame to the other. You are such a light.”

I came across this quote as I was researching ways in which Hanukkah was being celebrated around the world. It is such a lovely symbol of leadership, opportunity and community. As a teacher, it clearly resonates.

You are a candle that lights others. Sometimes that is a small thing, but always as we share our learning and understanding with others the light increases.

I’m also not Jewish, but using these classroom activities I can’t help but think that sharing some light, some understanding of the traditions and celebrations of others, is a small, but very vital thing.

I hope these fun lessons raise some new questions for you and those you share with! The tenacity of the Maccabees. The bravery of Judith. The ongoing community that grows and strengthens and persists.

I wish all of our Jewish friends and colleagues a very happy Hanukkah full of light and love and celebration.

At Hanukkah we eat Latkes to remember the importance of oil.

In 200BC the Holy Land, Judea,  was ruled by the Seleucids, who tried to force the people of Israel to worship Greek gods, accept Greek practices and forget their traditional ways… See full lesson

 

At Hanukkah many families share the story of Judith, the heroine who saved Hanukkah!You can find..See full lesson

 

Children and families will play a traditional game with a dreidel during Hanukkah. In this lesson, you can make your own dreidel, learn about the significance of the four sides, and… See full lesson

 

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