Hanukkah on the River

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Jews will soon be celebrating Hanukkah, the eight-day festival of lights (December 24-January 1). Passages in the Talmud direct Jews to “publicize the miracle” of Hanukkah. We visited San Antonio, Texas, where the Jewish community holds an annual Hanukkah on the River celebration. Rabbi Chaim Block, executive director of the city’s Chabad Center for Jewish Life & Learning, explained how members of the community fulfill the requirement to “publicize the miracle” with boat parades, children’s workshops, and menorah lighting. “It’s about bringing light into the darkness that surrounds us as we move through our daily lives,” says Rabbi Block.

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