• Superintendent Scully’s Hanukkah message

    We are so blessed in this country to share, understand, and appreciate so many ethnic and religious traditions and holidays.

    Tonight our Jewish sisters and brothers begin the observance of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights. This eight-day holiday commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem

    The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of a unique candelabrum, the nine-branched menorah. One candle is lit each night in remembrance of the miracle that saw one night’s worth of oil burn for eight days.

    I have learned that Hanukkah became more widely celebrated in the 1970s, when Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson called for public awareness of the festival and encouraged the lighting of public menorahs.

    As I went through some of the city’s schools today, it was so inspiring to see so many teachers including in their lessons and holiday decorations the significance of Hanukkah.

    As we begin the celebration of this magical time of year, let us begin by sharing and understanding the real meaning of the  Festival of Lights.

     Jim Scully

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