Chanukah: Fourth Candle

Image description: My second-grade class is arranged on stage in the formation of a menorah, and I stand at the front of a line of girls in the center of the stage, higher than the rest because we stand on a bench, signifying the shammes. We’re all dressed in white shirts and blue skirts, gold sashes, and gold hats with red flames. In the foreground are my teacher, Morah Benedict, and the music teacher, who played accordion for every performance.

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Image description: I stand between two of my younger brothers, wearing a white shirt with a floral blue collar, my blue pleated uniform skirt, a gold belt, and a gold hat adorned with a red flame. One brother leans on my shoulder and grins, while I hold the other’s hand. The wall behind us is decorated with a menorah and dreidels.

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