On the fifth night of Hanukkah, friends of the Center City Kehillah gathered on Zoom to light our Menorahs together.
While we couldn’t be together at Rittenhouse Square Park, gathered around the big Menorah like we did last year, we were together on Zoom. As Miriam began the event, she pointed out, “at least we are warm in our homes. We’re together online, safe from rain and sleet, and we can still gather together, although distant and celebrate.” The Rabbi echoed the same sentiment and said, “it is the light of the candles that bring us together, and like 2000 years ago, the light that brings us together. It is a miracle. This is a time for miracles.”
As the Cantor led the blessings, we sang along and lit our candles, one by one. When our Menorahs, were lit, we sang Ma’or Tzur or Rock of Ages. Although we can’t be together and although we can’t gather in Philadelphia to celebrate, we were able to meet up on Zoom and have a beautiful ceremony.
I would also like to post a segment that CBS Sunday Morning ran on Sunday about Hanukkah.