Signs of the Times

Signs of the Times

A Ground Zero Chanukah

Tuesday, December 11, 2001. Second night of Chanukah. Exactly three months after two airplanes ripped into the World Trade Center, sending the world into a state of turmoil. The Maccabees lit the Menorah in the Holy Temple after conquering the Greeks who tried to destroy them. It sent a message out to the world that Light will triumph over Darkness. Likewise, the Menorah was lit at Ground Zero every night of Chanukah 2001. Even amidst the darkness, its lights sent a beacon of hope to the world at large.

Chanukah in Baghdad

Monday, December 26, 2005. First night of Chanukah. After months of serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, soldiers and officers in the US Army proudly lit the Menorah in the former palace of Saddam Hussein.
The brilliant lights of the Menorah, and the blessings of peace and freedom that come with it, were a spectacular military victory, truly banishing the darkness!

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Judy Freedman Hashmonaim, Israel December 16, 2011

thank you once again you have given me a text for use in English class. What would I do without you?
Judy - English teacher in Ulpanat Neriya, Binyamin
(yes, I really live in the Yishuv Hashmonaim. We are the center for so many activities over Chanuka, we are near Modiin, Lapid, Matityahu. Come and visit!!) Reply

Anonymous December 24, 2008


Bronc Prairie Grove, Arkansas December 13, 2008

Ground Zero Ground Zero was a terrible thing. It's wonderful that a menorah was lit for the jews that were their, and some possible future jews. It gives hope that their will be a possible future that looks much better. Reply