Behind the candles, dreidels, the latkes, the doughnuts, my rising triglycerides (from all the oil), I find that the most inspiring tradition of Chanukah is our search for the light and the way that we are instructed to share the light (don’t forget to “publicize the miracle” by putting your menorahs in a window if you can). Our people overcame great odds more than 2,000 years ago, and unlike other Jewish holidays, there is indisputable, historical evidence that this military victory of the Maccabean army did indeed happen.
Today, Jewish education is in a battle right now as well. This time, however, the victory isn’t only marked by a re- “dedication” (that is what Hanukkah means) of a physical holy temple in Jerusalem. This time, the victory is our collective view of the future, when our children can see themselves as successful Jewish learners and feel a strong sense of community and agency. They pass the torch yet again to another generation. The light we share as a people must shine on to the world.
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Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy and joyous Chanukah!