The Jewish Festival of Chanukah begins in the evening of Saturday, December 24 and lasts for eight days .
The story of a little candle pushing away the monster of frightening darkness, of human sensibility overcoming terror and brute force, of life and growth overcoming destruction the battle is very much alive within each of us, and in the world outside of us.
It reoccurs at every winter solstice, at every dawn of each day, with every photon of sunlight that breaks through the earths atmosphere bringing it warmth and life-nurturing energy.
With every breath of life, every cry of a newborn child, every blade of grass that breaks out from under the soil, every decision to do good in the face of evil, to be kind where there is cruelty, to build where others destroy,to move humanity forward where others pull us towards chaos.
Chanukah is a eight-day spiritual journey. Many people know the story of Chanukah but only as a historical pretext to give gifts and eat latkes (potato pancakes). We can call that the body of Chanukah. The soul of Chanukah is its meditation, joy, warmth & light.
Not only in our homes with our loved ones, but with the entire world. In this tradition we light our Menorah Candles each night of Chanukah and spread and share the light. Our hope is that by igniting our souls, everybody will follow and light the world one candle at a time.
May this Chanukah embolden us to do what is right, shine a light on the miracles we enjoy, and kindle in all of us the desire to share those miracles with others. On behalf of myself together with Avraham, Perel and Devorah I wish you all a very Happy and Bright Chanukah.