FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: Lanckton lights the menorah in the chapel foyer.
Chanukah, also known as the eight-day Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday commemorating the victory of the Maccabees, the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple and the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days. To acknowledge the holiday, the MGH Chaplaincy hosted the first annual interfaith "CHApel CHAnukah CHAppening" with Rabbi Benjamin Lanckton on Dec. 3 in the MGH Chapel.
Approximately 30 guests, mostly hospital employees, attended the event, which included prayers of thanksgiving, communal and individual Jewish healing prayers, Chanukah songs, and the welcoming of the Sabbath Queen and Sabbath Angels. As part of the service, interfaith chaplain Rev. Daphne B. Noyes and MGH Clinical Pastoral Education participant Jim Crory reflected on the meaning of light in their faith traditions.