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The Eight Days of Hanukkah – Day 1

The Jewish Festival of Lights Begins

Last night was the first night of Hanukkah for 2015.   It has very little to do with the main subject of this blog, but I can probably tie it in somehow.  I’ll do that on day 8.  That’s how many days Hanukkah lasts.

Because last night was the first night of Hanukkah, that makes today the first full day of Hanukkah which will end at sundown tonight to begin the second day of this festival.  Confused?  I am.

But I do know that I lit the candles last night.  Only one last night.  Actually it was two, but it only counts as one.   Jewish math, I guess.  And each night for the remainder of the holiday, I’ll add an additional candle until we have eight candles burning next Sunday night.  Actually, it will be nine (that Jewish math thing again).   You can bet that I’ll be doing a lot of praying for Hanukkah: praying that the house doesn’t burn down!

And if anyone asks me about the icicle lights, which look like Christmas lights, attached to the eve of my barn, I can tell them that it’s my way of celebrating the Jewish festival of lights.   I have a little more trouble explaining the red and green twinkly lights wrapped around the tree in my house.

Come back tomorrow.  I’m going to write about my least favorite part of Hanukkah.

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