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Dec 07, 2012 - 2 comments

On Wednesday Night December 12, 2012, the 5th night of Chanukah, American and Israeli students and families will join together with Israeli soldiers and commanders on a military base located in close proximity to the border with Hamas-controlled Gaza.

The event will feature music, traditional Chanukah food, special presentations and of-course, the “Lighting of the Menorah”. This year, the soldiers will be lighting a very special Menorah that was created from the remains of kassam rockets that exploded in Israel. Nearly 15,000 rockets have been fired from Gaza in the last 13 years. An Israeli artist has transformed these missiles of terror into something of unique beauty and light!

The soldiers on this base are stationed within 2 kilometers of Gaza. They are ready for action at moment’s notice, should the orders be given to initiate a ground forces operation. These young men and women ensure that the IDF vital’s equipment is ready for battle. The soldiers on this military base are an integral part of Israel’s front line against terrorist infiltration from Gaza…

They are outside most of the day and get very cold in the winter, just like we all do!

A special ceremony will be held in honor of the soldiers in which ‘Warm Winter’ care packages from ‘United with Israel’ supporters will be given to the soldiers. Personal letters from admirers all around the world will be presented as expressions of gratitude and unity.

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by ChitChatNine, Dec 07, 2012
Happy Chanukah!

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by margypops, Dec 08, 2012
Chanukah is not the "Jewish Christmas." Chanukah falls in December and sometimes coincides with Christmas, but the dates of Chanukah are dependent on the Jewish calendar. The 25th of Kislev generally falls in December - sometimes in the beginning and sometimes at the end.
Chanukah is not a major holiday on the Jewish calendar, but has seemed more important, especially in the US, because it falls so near to Christmas.
Lighting candles over 8 days commemorates the miracle of holy oil lasting for 8 days when it was really only enough for one day.          When I lived and worked on the west side of LA I had many jewish friends who were gracious enough to share their festivities with me, in fact the first holiday I spent in the US ,20 years ago now was spent with a jewish family who I met in a shopping center and invited me to their house for the festivities .

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