Celebrating Hannukah on Instagram
Over the past eight days, Jews across the world have come together with family and friends to celebrate Hannukah, the festival of lights.
Hannukah, also spelled Chanukah, begins on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, causing the timing of the holiday to vary each year between late November and late December. The festival commemorates the Maccabee rebellion of 167 BCE, when a Jewish group regained control of their Temple in Jerusalem after it had been occupied by Syrian-Greek soldiers. They set out to burn ritual oil in the Temple’s menorah for eight days to purify the holy space, but found there was only enough oil left to burn for one day. As the story goes, however, the oil miraculously burned for the full eight days.
Now, Jews celebrating Hannukah come together at sunset to light candles in their own menorahs—one a night for eight nights in memory of the ancient miracle. Other Hannukah traditions involve spinning the dreidel—a traditional children’s game—and eating fried potato pancakes called latkes.
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Studies have shown more than 40 percent of children and adolescents are drinking at least one sugar-sweetened beverage per day. With increasingly high rates of childhood obesity in the U.S., experts are pointing to sugary beverages as the primary driver. So, it’s no wonder the rocket scientist in the video above feels compelled to invent a portable filtration system to put in children’s lunch bags as a safe alternative to soda.
Health happens in schools through a number of ways and it doesn’t take rocket science to find simple, creative solutions to improve the health of our schools…
Together we can start with a simple task like making water more available in schools.
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