Tomorrow night, the first candles will glow for Hanukkah 2020, which starts on the evening of Thursday, December 10, 2020, and ends with the final candle being lit for the Festival of Lights on the evening of Friday, December 18, 2020. In between, it’s an extended holiday of celebration and remembrance with family and loved ones (both in person and online this year), lighting the menorah each night, reciting special prayers, exchanging small gifts, and eating delicious foods and treats.
Our Video of the Week is a musical treat to mark the holiday: Violinist Rachell Ellen Wong and cellist Coleman Itzkoff perform a special arrangement of two traditional Hanukkah songs: Oh Hanukkah, and Al Hanisim (“Thank You For the Miracles”). Rachell and Coleman are in concert at a “Heifetz Holiday Homecoming” concert in Francis Auditorium on the campus of Mary Baldwin University.
Enjoy, and mark your calendars for the 2020 Heifetz Virtual Holiday Showcase –coming to your screen on Dec. 23!
“In short, Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after a group of Jewish warriors defeated the occupying Greek armies. The festival celebrates the triumph of light over darkness and of spirituality over materiality.” – Encyclopedia.com