Whether you are Jewish, or not, or throw in with the explicitly implied miracle, or not, it is impossible (for most people) to deny the history of Jews and Judaism in this little corner of the world.
So, our second Chanukah into our little aliyah project, I am still inordinately excited by the little things: sufganiot (donuts) in every bakery, candles and oil cups piled high at every supermarket, word via Twitter that the buses in Jerusalem were carrying the message of “Chanukah sameach” (Happy Chanukah) on their electronic destination boards.
And of course this:
Dreidles carrying the message:
A great miracle happened here. In America–and everywhere else outside of Israel–the dreidles read: A great miracle happened there.
נס גדול היה שם
But now we live here. Down the road from where the Maccabees lived. Down the hill from where the beit hamikdash (the Temple) stood.
Still getting used to it. But for this week it feels good. Very good.