What Chanukah events are taking place nearby?
This year the Chabad of Fairfield will host its annual town-wide menorah lighting on the Sherman Green on the first night of Chanukah, December 6, 2015 at 3:30 pm. As part of the festivities, there will be a pre-lighting festival—“Chanukah Village”—which includes local shops. Stew Leonard’s of Norwalk will be holding its 23rd annual Menorah Lighting ceremony on December 7 at 5 pm, collaborating with Rabbi Yehoshua Hecht of Beth Israel of Westport/Norwalk.
Following the lighting of the 18-foot menorah, there will be a celebration featuring holiday songs and traditional dreidels and chocolate gelt. Chanukah, or the Jewish Festival of Lights, commemorates the rededication of the second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem after the Syrian-Greek regime of Antiochus destroyed it in the Second Century BC.
Upon entering the temple, the Jewish soldiers, or Maccabees, found only one jar of oil bearing the high priest’s seal. They lit the menorah and the small jar of oil burned for eight days until a new supply of oil arrived. During Talmudic times, menorah were placed at the front door of the home. Over time the custom changed and many people now put it on a windowsill so the light of the candles can be seen outside and to publicize the miracle of the oil.