The Chabad of West Palm Beach is presenting its annual “Chanukah Family Festival” this Wednesday, December 5. Admissions are free and the event begins at 4:30.
The City of West Palm Beach is happy to celebrate its Jewish residents at the beginning of Hanukkah which stated on December 2 and lasts until December 10.
Hanukkah (aka Chanukah or Ḥanukah) is a Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days. The festival is observed by lighting the candles of a candelabrum with nine branches, called a Hanukkah menorah. Other Hanukkah festivities include playing dreidel and eating oil-based foods such as latkes and sufganiyot, and dairy foods.
According to Jewish tradition, the Chanukah candles must burn after night falls, since their purpose is to bring light into darkness. But they need to be lit early enough that someone will be around to see them. The lights need to be seen so they can serve their function of reminding others of the great miracle God wrought.