I have been heartened by your expressions of concern and caring for me during my absence. I want you all to know that I am re”Jew”venated and very happy to be back with my Temple family.
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As we draw closer to Chanukah, we are reminded of the “miracle” story that we all learned as children. The Maccabees entered the defiled Temple and found a flask of oil. It was enough oil for one day, but it “miraculously” burned for eight days.
Yes, we tell that story year after year, even as I question just how compelling it is for both children and adults. But I do believe that there is another miracle that is at the heart of the Chanukah story; one that might speak to all of us about the rich and contemporary meaning of this joyous holiday. I believe that the real miracle of Chanukah is that we Jews are still here in the world; the miracle that our Eternal Light continues to burn in our sanctuary, and in the hearts and souls of most Jews.
Yes, each of us is as a “holy flame” A flame of vision and dedication to humane values and ideals-the vision transformed from its darkness by light.
Again this year we will hold our joyous Family Chanukah Service. It will take place on Friday evening, December 19th at 7pm. And I have a request: WE WOULD LIKE TO SERVE LATKES AT OUR ONEG SHABBAT– NOT THE FROZEN STORE-BOUGHT LATKES, BUT THE DELICIOUS HOME-MADE KIND. IF YOU WOULD BE WILLING TO MAKE A PLATTER OF LATKES, PLEASE CONTACT OUR TEMPLE OFFICE SO THAT WE MIGHT KNOW IF WE WILL HAVE ENOUGH.
Yes, I do believe that our world is filled with miracles and wonders. May our eyes and our hearts be open to them.