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Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah, come light the menorah

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So we’re on the ship for Hanukkah!  That’s kind of neat!  We have a very nice Rabbi who’s name escapes me, (I really need to take notes) and a very full room every evening.  Although, that could be because the kitchen brings trays full of latkes, and donuts every night.   We will be onboard for all 8 days, so it’s really nice to be able to share in the entire holiday with our fellow passengers.  They love it too, since many will be away from their grandchildren, so they love to fawn over Sparrow and Sky.  We’ve had conversations with many of the congregation in passing over the weeks, but when we walked in on the first night of Hanukkah, their faces lit up, I think it made them feel a little more like Bubbe’s and Zayde’s.  Of course, everyone was invited to celebrate, no matter their affiliation, and there were a few people that came simply to be a part of the festivities.

So here’s the thing about lighting the light’s when it comes to cruising.  Candles are not allowed on the ship, for obvious reasons, so the menorah was electric and the girls took turns each night twisting the bulb.  Still a lot of fun for them, and everyone enjoyed watching them do it.  On the last night, they even cheered!  A lovely group to share the Festival of Lights with.

"lighting" the menorah on the first night

“lighting” the menorah

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The seventh night…although it looks as though all the lights are lit.

I found the biggest gelt ever in Gibraltar and saved it for the last night.

I found the biggest gelt ever in Gibraltar and saved it for the last night.

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