Quotes about Hanukkah

Hanukkah, or the Festival of Light, is the Jewish equivalent of Christmas. While Christians have one day to celebrate Christmas, the Jews have eight. On each day of Hanukkah, a new candle is lit on the menorah to celebrate the occasion. During the festival, children are given money to spend on candy and toys; adults eat delicious foods and sing traditional songs; and rabbis reflect upon the passing year in prayer. There is a role for each Jewish person on Hanukkah. Let enjoy these Hanukkah quotes & sayings and be cheerful. 

“As long as Hanukkah is studied and remembered, Jews will not surrender to the night. The proper response, as Hanukkah teaches, is not to curse the darkness but to light a candle.” Irving Greenberg

“Now, near the Winter Solstice, it is good to light candles. All the nice meanings of bringing light to the world can be beautiful. Perhaps we are concentrating on lighting the world because we don’t know how to light up our own lives.” Ralph Levy

“Just as Hanukkah candles are lighted one by one from a single flame, the tale of the miracle is passed from one man to another, from one house to another, and to the whole House of Israel throughout the generations.” Judah Magnes

“The darkness of the whole world cannot swallow the glowing of a candle.” Robert Altinger

"At this time of year, when the sun is most hidden, the holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the rays of hope and light. Often, it is through simple and unrecognized miracles that we are able to feel the warmth of hope and light." Rafael Goldstein

“Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame. Blessed is the flame that burns in the secret fastness of the heart.” Hannah Senesh

“On Hanukkah, some people ask: why couldn’t we light all eight candles in one night instead of having to light a new one for each of eight nights? It is because Hanukkah is not merely a cause for celebrations; it is a trial of perseverance.” 

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