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Chanukah Happenings

Students enjoy latkes and play the dreidel game in the dormsby Liva Jostad-Laswell

As part of this year’s holiday festivities at High Mowing we have been observing Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights. This year, Chanukah began the night before Thanksgiving—the first Chanukah-Thanksgiving overlap in nearly 100 years, and the last we will see for about another 70 years. Luckily, Chanukah’s timing still offered us four nights for celebration here at HMS.

On Wednesday evening, the eighth and last night of Chanukah, Judy Wachler and I cooked up about 75 latkes and hosted a large group of both boarding and day students in my home. The latkes, a potato pancake that is a traditional Chanukah treat, were enjoyed with sour cream and applesauce. After the lighting of several menorahs, students played a few rousing rounds of dreidel in the living room.

Students have been observing Chanukah in a traditional fashion each night, led by sophomore Aaron and senior Ben, and bringing us a little more light at this dark time of year.  In this season, I am reminded of a quotation from a young woman who has always been an inspiration:

Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.
~Anne Frank

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Posted by HMS in Residential Life Reflections on Friday December, 6, 2013

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