It's so beautiful to see how the holiday of Chanukah is celebrated in New York! Wherever you go, alongside all the various seasonal decorations, there is always a Menorah on display, proudly celebrating the festival of lights and the victory of religious freedom over tyranny and oppression.
I went to one of my favourite stores in Manhattan yesterday - Century 21 - and I spotted a large Menorah by one of the clothing sections. In Brooklyn where I'm staying it is so nice to see the many storefronts that have Chanukah decorations, the cars that have Menorahs on top of them and I've even come across some very creative Chanukah food presentations that can be seen in the pictures below.
It feels strange not to be with my husband and kids at the start of Chanukah but thank G-d it is an eight day Festival and I look forward to celebrating with them for the second half. I know they are eagerly anticipating my homemade latkes!
Reminder that we light one candle on the first night (Tuesday December 16), two on the second night, three on the third, every night adding an additional candle until lighting all eight on the final night. This is in keeping with the principle that in matters of holiness we always ascend. The candles should burn for at least half an hour after nightfall.
From NYC wishing you and your families a Freilichen (Happy) Chanukah!