When you light the candles, stop and gaze intensely at the flames. This is our past and our eternity.
This Sunday night is the first night of Chanukah, a festival to remind us to be grateful, both for the military victory of the Jewish Nation over the Syrian/Greek forces and for the miracle of the oil which transcended time. At the same time, there was another battle going on, one much more dangerous to the eternal mission of the Jewish Nation: there was a civil war between the Jews who rejected the core Jewish values and those who were loyal to the Torah. The Rambam points this out by telling us that as a people we may be able to win our military victories, but if we can’t get along with each other and have peace in our homes, we won’t be able to flourish and fulfill our mission of bringing light (values) to the world. That’s why the Rambam teaches us that the whole point of the Torah is to bring peace to the world and to our homes.
Based on the teaching of Rabbi Soloveitchik
Shabbat Shalom and Happy Chanukah!
The holiday season is upon us, and December is around the corner. Tonight we have a nice and peaceful Shabbat with friends. Sunday we start celebrating Chanukah and continue for 8 days! In Judaism, all of our holidays are a part of our history and our story of how the Jewish people have always persevered and never let go of their roots. Above is a part of this story, and below is another time in history where Jewish people were persecuted, yet keep thriving.
KEEP THRIVING AND SHINING YOUR LIGHT BRIGHT MY JEWISH BROTHERS AND SISTERS!
November 30th is the Day to Mark the Departure and Expulsion of Jews from the Arab Countries and Iran.
Take a moment to remember the forgotten refugees — 850,000 Jews that lived in the Arab world who were massacred or expelled.