just about two weeks away –
Light is the central symbol of the festival of Hanukkah. For eight straight days we gather with family and friends to light our menorahs, chanting the ancient words of the blessings, and reminding ourselves that although the Jewish people have faced many dark moments, we have been able to persevere and overcome. Traditionally, the menorah is placed so that it can be seen from the outside of the house, so that the miracle of old can be brought into the world anew. God leads the way, but human effort brings God’s light into the world. Even during the moments that seem darkest. That truth is as powerful today as it was during the time of the Maccabees. We are called to bring God’s light into the world, not just during the dark winter months and Hanukkah, but throughout the year, in any place where darkness can be found.