I married into a Jewish family, sorta.
Deanna’s mother was raised in a Jewish home. As an adult, she became a Christian. Yet we celebrated several Jewish holidays with Deanna’s grandmother. I loved it! I learned so much about a heritage and a culture that was quite foreign to me, this Southern Baptist white boy.
The time with Grandma Ruth pushed me to learn more, and it was a fun journey. And with getting to know Judaism more, it helped me love Ruth more. When she passed away, I was as sad as if one of my own grandmothers had passed. She left a legacy of sorts in my life…a hunger to know and understand Judaism.
So I’m lighting the menorah. I’m not going through the entirety of the Hanukkah celebration, mostly because I’d rather do it right than do it poorly. Plus, the challenge of photographing each day’s additional candle is a fun photography project.
Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends and family.
“Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us to kindle the Hanukkah light.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who performed miracles for our forefathers in those days, at this time.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.”