Channukah is awesome! The central ritual of our upcoming holiday is found in striking a light, igniting a flame, in banishing darkness. This is all the more palpable in the shorter days of winter, but it is also a spiritual act of defiance that you can experience with closed eyes. Jewish history is rife with challenge, but this holiday is one of rededication and bravery, where we reclaimed our holy home in Jerusalem to light our lights once more.
I invite you to tee the days ahead as preparation to dispel darkness. Here are a few links with Channukah resources, including how-to's, calls to action, and reflections.
Lighting the Hanukkah Candles: Blessings & Songs: This 2-page blessings and song-sheet, prepared by Rabbi Ashira Konigsburg, contains the text and translation of the blessings and popular songs to accompany the lighting of the chanukkiah. (RA)
Channukah is a powerful time, where we seek to heed the teaching of the modern sage Rabbi Ed Feinstein, that the greatest Jewish sin is despair. We are the lamplighters, each one of us a shamash capable of spreading healing and warmth.
May we be blessed to rededicate our Jewish homes, banish darkness with our light, and illuminate the world with blessing!