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Make the line shines brighter this Hanukkah

There are photos circulating Around Jewish pockets on the internet every year during Hanukkah.

This photo, taken in Germany in 1930, shows an elegant menorah in a window and a giant Nazi flag flying on a building just outside.

The message is immediately clear. Even in our darkest days, Jews have not forgotten who we are.

It viscerally reminds us of the themes of Hanukkah, its devotion and rebellion.

Every night of Hanukkah, Jews are called to light the menorah. This is reminiscent of a single oil cruise over 2,000 years ago that miraculously lasted eight nights at the newly consecrated Temple in Jerusalem.

But that's not all. According to the Talmud, we are also required to place the menorah where others can see it, in a window or on a doorstep. (This is where the electric menorah comes in. It's not just a kitschy accessory to counter Christmas decorations, it's also a way to advertise miracles without posing a fire hazard.)

The story of Hanukkah is about resisting assimilation and reclaiming our traditions with pride.

This year, as Jews around the world reel from the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks and anti-Semitic sentiment rises to a sickening level on college campuses, major cities, and across social media, Hanukkah is not just a painkiller but an inspiration. Provide rations. If not a call to action.

While public Hanukkah events are canceled, Jews and their allies must celebrate the holiday with renewed pride. Getty Images

As we light candles with our families this week, we not only remember our history, but also re-engage with the Jewish present, redouble our Jewish identity and pride, and strive to be as strong now as we were then. can also show that they are not forced. We hide who we are and what we believe.

We need the message of Hanukkah now more than ever. And we need a menorah that burns brightly.

Instead, we're seeing cities and communities like Williamsburg, Virginia, announce plans to cancel or scale back public Hanukkah celebrations.

They fear Hanukkah exhibits will be vandalized or used as a venue for protests.

Following a rapid backlash, most of these decision was overturned.

Still, the menorah seems to be persona non grata at many public events this season.

And not surprisingly, many Jews avoid public displays of Judaism that could mark Judaism as a target of anti-Semitic hatred and violence.

The message of this photo taken in Germany in 1930 is clear. Even in our darkest days, Jews have not forgotten who we are. alamy stock photo

However, this is the exact opposite of the essence of Hanukkah.

This holiday is about embracing our uniqueness loudly and proudly and refusing to abandon our ancient traditions, especially when the world around us is not so friendly to Jews. Celebrate.

It’s our responsibility to bring some light this holiday season, keep the candles burning bright, and keep the courage of the Maccabees alive.

If taking on all of this feels a little scary right now, maybe it's not just on us.

In December 1993, in response to an anti-Semitic hate crime that targeted a home with a visible menorah, local residents of Billings, Montana printed menorah cutouts and hung them in their windows to harass their Jewish neighbors. We supported.

Billings Gazette published Full page image of the menorah that readers can cut out and display.

According to reportsthere were 6,000 menorahs in a town with 50 Jewish families that season.

This year, we were able to harness that spirit of unity.

One of the efforts to encourage non-Jews to display menorahs in the windows of their homes. This year is Project Menorah.offers printable menorah images on their website.

She also recommends renting or purchasing a menorah to display in your home. In an era of lawn signs proclaiming hatred here, campaigns like this seek to ensure that Jews are safe in our neighborhoods too.

This year, pro-Jewish organizations are asking non-Jews to consider lighting the menorah as a long-awaited symbol of the church's unity. Carly Hennigan – Stock.adobe.com

This is a dark moment in Jewish history, and many of us feel the opposite of celebrating.

But Hanukkah is an opportunity for Jews to remember what we stand for and what we believe.

We are those who insisted on preserving our Jewish identity despite efforts to shatter it, proudly upheld our traditions, and those who fought to preserve them. I mourn.

So light a candle, invite your friends and neighbors over, and share your Jewish pride.

This year, we will shine brighter than ever before.

It starts by placing a real or paper menorah in a window for everyone to see.

Stephanie Batnick and Tanya Singer are hosts of “Beautifully Hawaiian,” a monthly celebration of Jewish material culture on Tablet Magazine's Unorthodox podcast.

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