USPS has released a new Hanukkah stamp that features a warm, elegant illustration of a holiday menorah in the window of a home.
“Starting today, this beautiful image of remembrance, light and love will travel on letters and packages to millions of households and businesses throughout America and around the world,” said Chief Operating Officer David Williams, who dedicated the stamp Nov. 1 at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, FL.
Other participants included South Florida District Manager Jeffery Taylor and Temple Beth El Rabbi Jessica Brockman, Senior Rabbi Dan Levin and Rabbi Greg Weisman.
Hanukkah is a time for festive gatherings of family and friends. After lighting the menorah candles, there might be singing and a gift exchange.
A menorah has nine candles — one for each of the eight nights and days of Hanukkah. The ninth candle is used to light the others.
The eight nights and days of Hanukkah begin on the 25th of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar, a date that falls in late November or December.
In 2016, Hanukkah begins at sundown Dec. 24.
The stamp is available at Post Offices and usps.com. The Nov. 1 news release has more information.