Along with the usual annual celebrations at Christmas, Hanukkah 2019 began the evening of Sunday, December 22, and ends the evening of Monday, December 30. Each year the nine-day festive holiday reminds me of when this six-year-old Jewish kid was placed in a Christian orphanage.
For the next 11 years, I attended Christian chapel service daily and twice on Sundays. And, of course, when Christmas time arrived, it came with all sorts of hymns, manger displays and the rest of the holiday traditions. Then, followed another three years in the WW2 Navy, when ship chaplains were all Christian.
For today’s Jews, Hanukkah isn’t all that religious, though because it occurs annually at Christmastime, it’s mistakenly thought to be the most important Jewish holiday. However, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Passover are more religiously observed. So, if anyone wants to give me a Christmas or Hanukkah present, such as world peace and/or a Trump resignation, I will gladly accept it with sincere thanks.