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Chanukah

[image: black-and-white clip art of a menorah.] Carol Greenburg aspieadvocate-ascd.blogspot.com Certainly ours is not the the most pious Jewish family in Brooklyn, so I was a little nervous when asked to write a piece about our  Chanukah celebration. When it comes to things Jewish, we follow the lead of A, our minimally verbal autistic son who took it upon himself this Chanukah to set up and light the candles, which are a central component of most Jewish Holidays and the be-all and end-all of Chanukah, otherwise known as the Festival of Lights. The word Chanukah essentially translates as “dedication” commemorating the chutzpah, the sheer gall, of a Jewish rebel force called the Maccabees. This ad-hoc army defeated Greek occupiers who had systematically removed or defiled everything Jewish from the most sacred of Jewish sites, The Holy Temple. During the cleanup, the Maccabees discovered that the Temple’s centerpiece, an eternal flame,…