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How Much Do You Value Hanukkah?

Posted on 12/14/2012 @ 07:11 PM

The great Jewish thinker, Maimonides, says people should be willing to compromise their personal dignity to promote the Hanukkiah as a symbol of God’s redemption of our national dignity.

The mitzvah of lighting a Hanukkah candle/lamp is a very well-loved mitzvah and so one needs to be very careful to do it in order to proclaim the miracle and to add praise to God and gratitude for the miracles he did for us. Even if one has nothing to eat except from tzedakah (handouts), one should borrow money or sell one’s coat in order to purchase oil and lamps to light. (Laws of Hanukkah 4:12).

Last week several of us looked at this picture and reflected our thoughts going into the holiday of Hanukkah. Some people spoke of the pride and strength this image projects while others spoke of the gratification in knowing that today, 70+ years after this picture was taken, the hanukkiah is still shone in windows around the globe as a symbol and proud projection – yet the Nazi party has no strength at all.

As we head into these last few nights of Hanukkah, I hope you celebrate our freedoms – of expression, celebration, dedication – and the strength with which we proudly declare to the world our Judaism and our commitment to making it a better place for the future.

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May the ever-growing light of the Hanukkah menorah spread light across the globe and into each of your lives.

Chag Urim Sameach – happy holiday of lights!

This Shabbat message is brought to you by Rachel Meytin, Director of Panim and Jewish Enrichment.

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