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Hanukkah: Closing Thoughts

Annie

After eight days of dreidels, prayers, latkes, gelt, and presents, the most inspiring thing for me during Hanukkah has always been seeing the menorah fully lit on the final night. The bright candelabrum not only reminds me of the Hanukkah miracle of a small amount of oil staying illuminated for eight days, but it also inspires me to never lose faith. I hope that you all have enjoyed the holiday as I have with my family, and that the posts we’ve published each day have inspired you to fry a latke or teach a friend the dreidel game. On behalf of Scholastic Book Clubs, we look forward to celebrating with you on the 25th day of Kislev next year!

Dana

By the eighth night of Hanukkah, my menorah is covered in multicolored wax, smudges, and even some burn streaks from the past seven nights of candle-lighting. But no matter how beat up it gets, once all the candles are in place and lit the menorah looks so beautiful—quite literally, it shines. I love how it looks so much that I always spend extra time choosing just the right colors for the candles. It reminds me of picking out the candles with my mom when I was a little girl, and it makes me smile to watch as the bright rainbow of lights burns down. I watch the candles burn and think about all the other Jewish families watching their own fully lit menorahs, and look forward to celebrating again next year.

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