Hanukkah at Home
By Victor Schmelzer, MD
Cardiac Surgeon at St. Elizabeth Healthcare
But, because of COVID-19, this year will look different. Instead of gathering in the warmth and glow of the candles and each other’s company, we are connecting with each other virtually, as we should in the present set of circumstances in which we live.
As some of our family members are in a high-risk health category and some are living and working out of state or out of the country and are prohibited from traveling, we are enjoying our physical holiday celebrations with only our immediate household, while connecting virtually with our extended family. We’re doing our part to slow the spread of COVID, keeping our at-risk relatives safe and taking advantage of the technology at our disposal.
The first night of Hanukkah, we lit the candles while singing together over FaceTime and WhatsApp in Cincinnati, New York, Columbus and Jerusalem! This is the season of miracles, and it is miraculous that we have the ability to still be a part of each other’s lives in spite of the temporary limitations of our time.
Celebrating from a distance doesn’t mean we’re losing sight of the holidays. In fact, it means we’re embracing the true spirit of the season. We’re focused on one another’s health and wellbeing — that way we can all celebrate together next year. My family and I wish everyone a joyous holiday season.