Suffganiot (jelly doughnuts with powdered sugar) are displayed on trays by the dozens~ and have been available in increasing numbers since the last hag (holiday) ~ which was Sukkot. The shops have every hanukiah imaginable for sale. Even in the grocery stores, one can buy all that is needed to kindle the Hanukkah lights~ candles, oil lamps, wicks.... The children have been singing seasonal songs for a few weeks to get ready for the all important Gan Hanukkah party. (Gan = kindergarten). Costumes of Maccabee soldiers, hats that look like sivivon (tops) all make ready for plays about the miracles of Hanukkah~ usually performed under black lights toenhance the proud parents' viewing pleasure.
The accent of Hanukkah is on what the G-d of Israel did for His people so very many years ago and continues to do today. We light the menorah, one light brighter each night, to remember His faithfulness.
There is unsurpassed joy at being in the Land especially at this time of the year. There is an ability to celebrate surrounded by constant reminders and not the pull to assimilate. There is something rich and settling in being 'on location' to the Miracles of Hanukkah. Unlike in the galut (diaspora) we do not say " Nes Gadol Haya Sham" ~ A great miracle happened there.
We have the privilege of proclaiming " Nes Gadol Haya Po"
~ A great miracle happened here~Click here for a Special Song