We are in the height of Chanukah. The holiday is celebrated by many in the Jewish faith.
A group in San Antonio is sharing how the traditional Menorah lighting holds a message for people of all beliefs.
Pearl Plaza transformed into a Chanukah celebration Monday. The party included Lego dreidels, festive coloring sheets and even a nine foot tall Menorah.
“It brings together the entire community,” said Rabbi Levi Teldon who is the program director for Young Jewish San Antonio. “It’s a holiday that celebrates a message of Hope and light and freedom of religion over religious oppression.”
The Rabbi is among an estimated 10,000 Jews living in San Antonio. He lit the Menorah as the end of the eight day party creeps closer.
“It is an exciting time,” said Celeste De La Torre who stopped by the festivities. “It is a time of joy and also, you know the donuts are great. The fried foods are great.”
The history of the holiday starts off with great war in Jerusalem. As the dust settled, many structures were in shambles. The Jews found enough oil to light the Temple Menorah for just one night. Marked as a miracle, the oil lasted for eight days
“That’s why we celebrate that miracle by lighting the Menorah every year in our homes for eight nights,” explained Rabbi Teldon.
Each family adds their own traditions to the ritual.
”That special simple thing of just being human beings together,” shared Elizabeth Fauerso. She’s the marketing director for Pearl and said the company was thrilled to host the celebration for the third year in a row.
At the heart of the Chanukah history lesson lies a takeaway for us all.
“It teaches us the profound message that even a little bit of light dispels much darkness,” said Rabbi Teldon. “You don’t have to be a saint or feel wholesome or perfect. You’ve just got to do a little good deed and brighten up the world and make it a better place.”
More holiday celebrations continue Tuesday night. Pearl is hosting a “Posada”. Children are encouraged to wear angel wings or a Nativity costume. The fun begins with crafts at 6:30, the Posada at 7:15 and even more celebration at 8 p.m.