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You Don’t Have To Be Jewish To Eat Latkes

December 6, 2012

Chanukah begins Saturday night 12/8. It is a celebration of many miracles.  From the victory of a small band of men fighting for their religious freedom against a very large and well equipped army to one days worth of olive oil used to light the Menorah lasting for eight days. The miracle of the oil represents the victory of light over darkness. At nighttime, Jews place their lit Menorahs in doorways or windows to bring light to the dark street and to all who see it. On the Menorah is a head candle called the Shamash which is used to light all the other candles. A candle lights other candles without losing any of its own light. Each of us can be like the Shamash and bring light to all whose lives we come into contact with. When we are like the Shamash, not only do we keep our light, we actually shine brighter. We all have that power through acts of goodness, kindness, and charity.

“Light vanquishes the darkness.” – Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, The Rebbe

“From one burning candle many candles are lit, yet its own light is not diminished.” – Numbers 11:17

Happy Chanukah

and to all a good light

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