‘Tis the season of lights when Jews commemorate the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, in the 2nd. century BCE. Rather than being a celebration of a of the military victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian army of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, Hanukkah commemorates a miracle. According to the Talmud, after the Temple had been cleansed, what was left of consecrated olive oil was only enough to light the eternal flame for one day. Miraculously, it burned for for an entire week. To me, freedom of worship is the real miracle. As a descendant of Sephardic Jews, Hanukkah is a time of reflection and joy for me.
Bring water and sugar to a boil. Allow it to boil for ten minutes. Add cranberries, orange, rum, almond extract and cinnamon. Reduce heat to medium and cook for ten minutes, stirring frequently. Let it cool to room temperature before refrigerating.