The Festival of Lights is a time that we are thankful for the freedom to be able to study and practice our own religion. How do our short-lived little candles compete with the whole-house electric displays of the non-Jews?
When we light our hanukia, we say a blessing
acknowledging that Hashem performed miracles for our
forefathers at this time. A miracle is defined as
something that supersedes the natural course of nature.
We perceive nature as the norm
because it is observed to function the same way
consistantly. However, things can change.
Of course we are not on the spiritual level of Hanina
Ben Dosa, and therefore cannot expect Hashem to grant us
such extraordinary miracles. However, it is already a
miracle that my salad dressing would burn to begin with!
Not only are we acknowledging the miracles, but we are
also a partner in the performance of them. Our act of
kindling lights on Hanukkah is an action of instilling
holiness in a mundane object. In the tiniest light, we
recognize the holiness of Hashem that is coming into the
We lit that flame...
We brought it about...
We filled the room with holiness.
We don't need those elaborate displays that guzzle power;
we have something much more precious. May that holy light
shine bright in our hearts.
Hanukah Sameach [Happy Hanukah],
The Jewlight Staff.
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