Jewish people have been celebrating the festival of Hanukkah for the past 3000 years, as a celebration of the victory of Jewish national survival and freedom. It is also known as Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication and Feast of the Maccabees. Amongst the many traditions that are associated with the festival of Hanukkah, one involves the exchange of gifts and cards. In case you planning to go with the second option and give cards to your loved ones, try writing some of the famous Hanukkah quotes in them. This will not only make the card more special, but also help you express your feeling in a better way. In order to help you with the task, we have listed some of the most popular quotations for Hanukah, in the lines below.
Kindle the taper like the steadfast star
Ablaze on evening's forehead o'er the earth,
And add each night a lustre till afar
An eightfold splendor shine above thy hearth.
- Emma Lazarus, "The Feast of Lights"
Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame
Blessed is the flame that burns in the secret fastness of the heart
- Hannah Senesh
The miracle, of course, was not that the oil for the sacred light -
In a little cruse - lasted as long as they say;
But that the courage of the Maccabees lasted to this day:
Let that nourish my flickering spirit.
- Charles Reznikoff, "Meditations on the Fall and Winter Holidays"
We have focused on the miracle-thing and I think we often overlook the message of Hanukkah. To me, the core of the holiday is the cleaning of the temple.... The accomplishment was in restoring the temple to the purpose for which it was built. Now think of the temple as a symbol. Perhaps it represents my life. The world has tried to use me for its own (perhaps good, but none-the-less extrinsic) purposes. But now I can rededicate myself to my own original purpose.
- Ralph Levy, "Hanukkah - Another View"
On Hanukkah, the first dark night,
Light yourself a candle bright.
I'll you, if you will me invite
To dance within that gentle light.
- Nicholas Gordon
… and May This Festival of Lights bring Blessings
upon you and All Your Loved Ones for Happiness,
for Health, and for Spiritual and Material Wealth,
and May the Lights of Chanukah Usher in the Light of Moshiach
and a Better World for All of Humankind.
- Hanukkah blessing
Put on your yarmulke,
Here comes Hanukkah!
So much funukah,
To celebrate Hanukkah!
Hanukkah is the festival of lights.
Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights.
- Adam Sandler