This week is Hanukkah, (חֲנֻכָּה) the Festival of Lights. Eight days, December 1-9. “Establishment,” “Consecration” or “Dedication” of the Temple.

No day off here, but your observant Jewish friends may head home early each day to light the Hanukkah menorah — one additional candle each night.

Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple after the Syrians were booted out of Jerusalem in 165 B.C. This victory was inspiration for trying to oust the Romans in the first century A.D. I’m mindful that the early Christians were Jewish, including Jesus, his disciples and Paul. This is their tradition. It was dear to most of the first Christians, practiced their entire lives.