Hanukkah Sameach
Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn
Hanukkah is the Jewish 'festival of lights', celebrated with a menorah lighting at sundown on each of the eight days it is celebrated. This year, the holiday begins today, November 28, but the date changes every year based on the Hebrew calendar.

In Hebrew, Hanukkah means "dedication" and commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C [1].

The history of Hanukkah is told in the Talmud, a sacred Jewish text. According to the Talmud, after the Jewish people overcame Greek/Syrian oppressors during the Maccabean Revolt, and reclaimed the holy Jewish temple, they witnessed a miracle. The Macabees had only enough oil for one night, but the candles continued for eight nights. Thus, the celebration takes place over the course of eight nights with a candle being lit on each night.

Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn wishes a Freilechen Hanukkah to those who are celebrating this wonderful holiday.!

Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn represents the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn covering Ditmas Park, Flatbush, East Flatbush and Midwood. She is currently the Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs), and incoming Chair of the Task Force on Women's Issues. She serves on the following committees: Housing, Government Operations, EducationBanks, Health, and Higher Education. sits on Governor Hochul's Domestic Violence Advisory Council and Mayor De Blasio's MWBE Task Force.

As a current Assemblymember, District Leader, and Chair of Brooklyn Democratic Party, Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn has been an outspoken advocate on issues concerning immigration, education, economic development, unemployment, education reform, health care access, senior citizen centers, affordable housing, school safety, women's and LGBTQ rights, as well as other issues affecting the quality of life in the community. 

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