December 10, 2020 – Dewey Decimal System Day | Chanukah

Welcome to December 10th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate a youthful game changer and the festival of lights.

Born on December 10th, 1851 Melvil Dewey created the most widely used library organizational tool that is still in use today.  Since it was adopted in 1876, the Dewey Decimal Classification System or DDC has been revised and expanded but still resembles the categories and numerical arrangements designed by 21 year old Melvil.  Apparently Dewey was a fan of simplified spelling and even dropped letters from his first and last name.  Thankfully he did that after inventing his library system, as the D-U-I system would not likely stick today.  On Dewey Decimal System Day we honor the ingenuity of a young man whose influence can still be found in 135 countries around the world.

This evening kicks off Chanukah, the Jewish festival of lights. During the time of Alexander the Great, Jewish culture began to blend with Greek culture in a mostly peaceful relationship.  That is until Antiochus IV desecrated the Jewish Holy Temple. When the Israelites rededicated the Second Temple in Jerusalem, there was only enough oil to keep the lamps lit for one night, but instead, the oil lasted for 8. Chanukah celebrates this miracle with 8 nights of observance. In the evening, families light the menorah, adding one candle each night until all 9 candles are glowing on the last day. They exchange gifts, and share foods that commemorate this event. On the first day of Chanukah, we share in the spirit of miracles and embrace the ones we love. 

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