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Hanukkah on the USS Harry S. Truman

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Hanukkah on the USS Harry S. Truman

Photo Credit: U.S. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park

U.S. Navy Lt. Zac Stang, the operations administrator and Jewish lay leader of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, reads from the Torah in celebration of the first night of Hanukkah in the chapel aboard the ship, under way in the Atlantic Ocean conducting carrier qualifications, Dec. 11, 2009.

You’ll note the inevitable bottle of Manischewitz in the foreground.

The above picture was on file at the Pentagon image library. But I found a more cheerful version of the same event online.

Looks like some kind of a Jewish carryon case for all eventualities: a little sefer Torah, a menorah, some Manischewitz, kiddush cups, maybe a matzoth — whatever one may need to get through a year of service on a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier.

Photo credit: U.S. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park

Photo credit: U.S. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kilho Park

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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