This week, we are celebrating a Jewish holiday called Chanukah. It is holiday about miracles and how the Maccabees had a very small army, but still managed to fight off the Romans. That is a miracle in itself. We light a Chanukiah which is like a candelabra but has 8 candles instead of 7. There are 8 nights of Chanukah and we light a candle each night to remember the miracles that happened long ago. The leader candle on the Chanukiah is called the Shamash and is used to help light all the other candles. It is the most important candle there. Morah Eta asked to write about what being a Shamash means to me.
Being a Shamash to me means to set a good example for other to follow and being a leader. It means being honest and also being kind to the people around you. It means giving back to those less fortunate than you and also sharing what you have with others. Things I can do to be a Shamash is try to be a role model for the younger kids at school and also be kind to them. I give to charity at least once a week, but now I will try to give even more than that and always remember to put my spare change in a Tzedakah box. That is how I will try to be a Shamash in the future.