Next Tuesday, December 12th, Jewish families across the world will gather around the Chanukah menorah, say prayers, light candles, and enjoy delicious latkes and sufganiyot (Hebrew for doughnuts) to commemorate the first night of Chanukah. Some in the secular world view Chanukah as a major holiday, since it falls around the same time as Christmas. Although Chanukah is not a major holiday, it can have a huge impact on the lives of children who celebrate it. Two people whose lives were impacted significantly tell their stories below. Spoiler alert – one of the stories is mine.