I want to wish Britain’s Jewish community and Jewish people around the world a very happy Hanukkah. As the winter nights grow colder and darker, so begins this 8-day festival celebrating the miracle of lights.
Each of you will have your own cherished family traditions for how you mark this holiday. But Hanukkah is always a time for family and friends to get together: lighting the Hanukkiah, playing games, sharing gifts, and just as these rituals are passed from generation to generation, so too is the abiding lesson of this festival; that no matter how hard the struggles we face, alone and together, our love, hope and dedication to each other will always bring us through. So to all those observing Hanukkah over the next 8 days, I hope you enjoy a fun and peaceful holiday with those people you love most.