Two Citizenship Questions for Hanukkah

Two Citizenship Questions for Hanukkah


Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday known as the festival of lights. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar. Emma Lazarus (1849-1887) was a Jewish American poet and activist who used the image of America as a light to the nations when she wrote “The New Colossus” (1883). This poem, which is engraved inside the Statue of Liberty, talks about the millions of immigrants who came to the United States many of whom came through Ellis Island at the Port of New York. The final lines say: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Manfred Anson (1922-2012), a survivor of the Holocaust, designed this Hanukkah lamp for the centennial of the Statue of Liberty in 1986. Anson used souvenir figurines to cast the statuettes for the lamp and the Statue of Liberty torch was transformed into a candle holder. The lamp is surmounted by an American Eagle and the base of each statuette is inscribed with a significant date in Jewish history. This Statue of Liberty menorah is currently displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington DC. Question: Where is the Statue of Liberty? ▪ New York (Harbor)
▪ Liberty Island
[Also acceptable are New Jersey, near New York City, and on the Hudson (River).] Question 2: What is freedom of religion? ▪ You can practice any religion, or not practice a religion. For more Citizenship resources for the Winter Holidays, check out uscitizenpod.com or bit.ly/cit-holidays-18 Happy Hanukkah! www.uscitizenpod.com

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