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Fun and Easy Ways to Shine Your Light: Celebrate the Hanukkah Story

Hanukkah begins at sundown tonight.  Do you know the story behind this light holiday?  If you don’t, you need to read it.  The story of Hanukkah is full of adventure and drama surrounding events leading up to a great miracle.  It is a story of liberation, freedom, reclaiming what was lost and hope.

Even if you are not Jewish we can all learn from the traditions of those who may believe differently than we do.  So go ahead and read the story.  If you want to try your hand and making latkes or sufganyot  go ahead and do that too.  If you have a copy of the Apocrypha check our Macabees I and II.  For a brief synopsis of the story go to https://reformjudaism.org/hanukkah-history.  If you want a more detailed scholarly look at Hanukkah visit  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanukkah.  For information on food and ways the holiday is celebrated today take a look at http://www.bhg.com/holidays/hanukkah/traditions/hanukkah-history-traditions/   And what would Hanukkah be without recipes?  http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/454611/jewish/Chanukah-Recipes.htm

Thought for Today

Hanukkah
Hanukkah (Photo credit: Itzike)

“At this time of year, when the sun is most hidden, the holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the rays of hope and light.  Indeed, the physical darkness of this time of year can be a metaphor for the darkness that often envelops us at times of illness and loss of a loved one, when the world sometimes feels dark and cold.  At such times, we yearn for the sun, and the light and warmth that it provides.  Often it is through simple and unrecognized miracles that we are able to feel the warmth of hope and light.”Rabbi Rafael Goldstein

 

Let There Be Light

A powerful light shining in the dark.
A powerful light shining in the dark. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is no accident the greatest light holidays of humankind fall during times that for many people of the world are cold and dark. As the days grow shorter and the weather become colder we need that little glimmer of hope that Christmas, Chanukah, Diwali, Kwanza and others bring to us.

This year times seem especially dark and hopeless for many. Hunger, lost jobs, homes and the dreams that went with them leave many struggling in a world that is calling out, no screaming for the light.

But there is good news! We are the guardians of that light we yearn for. So this holiday season help spread the light.   Watch this blog for ways you can do your part in bringing light back to a dark world.