Music and bubbles were in the air for the annual Chanukah on Main Street celebration.
The Spheres Bubble Show sent every size and shape of bubble floating down Lakewood Ranch Main Street on Dec. 7. Both kids and adults were jumping in the air to pop them, especially the white bubbles. Those popped into puffs of smoke.
The Rappin' Rockin' Reggae Rabbi Dr. Laz took care of the music. He sang everything from “The Dreidel Song” to Bob Marley.
Maimon Levy attends the event every year and explained why fried foods are eaten during Chanukah.
“The reason for that is the miracle of oil,” he said. “The oil lasted for eight days.”
Chanukah is a celebration of the Maccabees over the Syrian Greeks in 164 B.C. Oil that should’ve only kept the candle burning one night burned for eight.
While the evening was fun and festive, the current situation in Israel was not far from anyone’s mind. Guests wrote messages on tea lights, which were positioned to form the Star of David.
“In my lifetime, I’ve never seen tougher days for the Jewish community since Oct. 7,” said Shepard Englander, the CEO of the Jewish Federation. “It’s great to have a chance to have something to celebrate now. We need to do both. We need to celebrate. We need to be together."