Celebrities, politicians and influencers of the Jewish and non-Jewish varieties took to social media to wish their followers a happy #hanukkah, #chanukah, or sometimes both, just to be on the safe side.
Since Hanukkah falls during the general holiday season (and is a “minor” holiday, so observant Jews can use technology), it’s a prime opportunity to post pictures of oily treats and burning lights on social media.
The holiday is all about bringing light to those near and far, and what better way to spread the light, than to share it with all of one’s followers?
The First Family
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Unsurprisingly, Jewish First Daughter Ivanka Trump posted on Instagram images from both the White House official lighting, and her family’s more intimate one at home. According to The Daily Mail, the Kushners’ menorah could be seen from outside their home, and a Star of David ornament hangs on their window.
Without a frying pan in sight, actress Isla Fisher brought a unique spin to the oily holiday with this photo and the caption, “This is my latka frying outfit.” The wife of Sasha Baron Cohen — of Borat fame — converted to Judaism before marrying Cohen in 2010.
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Actress Marlee Matlin did her Hanukkah greeting in sign language. Matlin is an outspoken activist for the Jewish and deaf community. “Just wanted to say Happy Hanukkah! Love you!” she signed.
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Bravo’s Andy Cohen gave a special shout out to Roy Moore’s Jewish lawyer while posing with a light up “Mazel” sign. Cohen, the host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” and executive producer of the “Real Housewives” series, has taken on “mazel” as a catchphrase, selling swag with the word on his Bravo store.
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Jewish Orthodox actress Mayim Bialik lit her menorah from the set of The Big Bang Theory along with other Jewish members of the crew. Check out her Hanukkah YouTube video on what’s true and false about the Jewish holiday.
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Politicians around the world also spun their own Hanukkah greetings.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan posed with the Maccabeats after their show in Trafalgar Square in London. The Maccabeats just released their new Hanukkah song, “Candles on the Sill” celebrating their 10 years of music making.
“Great to have @Maccabeats join us in Trafalgar Square — celebrating #Chanukah and the huge contribution the Jewish community makes to our city. #LondonIsOpen #ChanukahSq17,” he wrote on Twitter.
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) December 12, 2017
Chicago’s Jewish Mayor Rahm Emanuel lit the menorah with Chicago’s Jewish United Fund. The outspoken chief of staff to former president Barack Obama is known for his strong ties to Israel and the Jewish community.
— Mayor Rahm Emanuel (@ChicagosMayor) December 12, 2017
Los Angeles Mayor and Jewish-Mexican-American Eric Garcetti posted a video on Instagram.
Affectionately called the “Kosher burrito,” Garcetti shared a quick version of the Hanukkah story: “The Maccabees returned to liberate Jerusalem and experienced an incredible night. A light with enough oil to last for one day lit the temple for eight, and that story of courage and dedication has delighted generations of people because its message is timeless and universal: nothing is stronger than our faith in God.”
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Texas Governor Gregg Abbot lit the menorah along with community members at the state capitol in Austin. In a separate Hanukkah message on Twitter, Abbot wished Jewish Texans a happy holiday, saying that “Hanukkah reminds us of the constant struggle for religious liberty and to be thankful to live in a place where we can practice our faith free of persecution.”
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) December 13, 2017
Stuck at work, Senator Chuck Schumer lit his menorah from the office. The democratic Senate minority leader is one of the highest ranking Jewish members of US government.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) December 12, 2017
And finally, we’re not sure Kanye signed off on this last one, but we kinda love it.
#HappyHanukkah to all from The Times of Israel.