Top of Mind Thursday December 22, 2016: A Glimmer of Light

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This weekend, calendars collide so that the Jewish holiday of Hanukah begins on Christmas eve.

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During Hanukah, the Jews were able to fight back Greek invaders who wanted to destroy the Holy Temple. They then found only enough oil to light the lamp in the temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil lasted eight days until more was available.

To commemorate this, we eat food fried in oil, like potato latkes and donuts, and we light menorahs for eight days. (This has been expanded in the last century to include eight days of gift giving).

But we need to be careful not to lose the real lesson of Hanukah: It only takes a small glimmer of light to keep the flame burning.

In a year where we have seen hate, divisiveness, and bigotry–not to mention multiple terrorist attacks in just the last few days–it would be easy to be consumed by darkness. Instead, we need to do what we can to keep the light of hope and goodness shining. We don’t need to solve all these problems ourselves–just a simple act to keep the light burning will do.

At this holiday season, I give you a glimmer of light. Together we can brighten the world.

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