Friday, December 23, 2011

Celebrating the eight-day Festival of Lights

LIGHTING THE WAY: Lanckton lighting a menorah.

Although the entire Chanukah season is filled with memorable moments, for Ellen Forman, there is one she fondly recounts as her favorite. “I look forward to that process of adding more and more lights each night. I love when it’s dark and all the candles are ablaze and I can see the glow reflected in the faces of my family. It’s a moment I cherish,” said Forman, manager of the MGH Community Resource Center, during the second annual Chapel Chanukah Chappening.

Forman joined other attendees to form a “HuManorah” to share family traditions and memories at the Dec. 16 event. Rabbi Ben Lanckton, MGH chaplain, presided over the service, which included traditional prayers of gratitude, songs and reflections from Katrina Scott, MDiv, MGH oncology chaplain, and Rev. Catherine Perry, chaplain intern. 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. 

Read more articles from the 12/23/11 Hotline issue.



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