It’s finally the most wonderful time of the year! But our celebrations should not be limited to what we grew up with. This Season, I was able to take part in the joyous Hanukkah
candle-lighting ceremony hosted by H.E. Ilan Fluss, Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines. He so graciously invited my dearest friend, Myrna Yao, president and CEO of Richprime Global Inc. Myrna was kind enough to take me with her to enjoy the evening and get to meet everyone.
It was very nice to have met the Israeli Ambassador and learn more about Hanukkah. Originally called Chanukah and otherwise known as the Festival of Lights, this is the eight-day Jewish holiday that celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple. In 2nd Century BCE, the Holy Land was ruled by Syrian-Greeks who tried to force the people of Israel to accept their culture and beliefs instead of mitzvah observance and belief in God. Their oppressors were driven out of their land by a band of poorly armed Jews who were strengthened by their faith. They were able to successfully reclaim their temple and rededicated their service to God.
After the victory, they set out to light the temple’s menorah, a seven-branched candelabrum, but they found only a one-day supply of oil. Miraculously, what was expected to last one day kept the flame burning for eight whole days.
Since then, Sages instituted it as the Festival of Chanukah. It is celebrated with a ritual of lighting the menorah for eight consecutive nights, together with special prayers, fried food and some games and gifts. This year, Hanukkah was celebrated from 28 November to 6 December.
I really had fun learning about Israeli culture, and to have experienced a bit of it firsthand as I got a taste of their delicious cuisine plus wines and desserts. It’s amazing to be able to share in their rich culture. Unfortunately, my evening was cut a little short as I had to attend another event, but I am so thankful especially to my dearest Myrna for thinking of me to tag along to this party!
Thank you to the kind Ilan Fluss, as well for welcoming me and for the lovely chats. It was indeed an honor to be there. Until the next! Shalom!