TODAY'S THEME: THE LIGHT OF LIGHTS!
                       

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On Today's Theme:


The Jewish celebration of Chanukah begins at sundown on
December 21st. At its core is the lighting of the candles on
the menorah. Thus we pray that the hearts of all mankind be
aflame with the joy of all His miracles. We carry a candle of
love in our souls; by touching others with its warmth we are
able to kindle the same light in them, just as the flame
of one candle lights the wick of another by its touch.

- Lisa Bowman


Lighting of the menorah in Moscow

Arise! Shine! for your light has arrived, and the glory of Hashem
shines upon you. For behold, darkness may cover the earth and a
thick cloud (may cover) the kingdoms, but upon you Hashem will
shine, and His glory will be seen upon you. Nations will walk by
your light and kings by the brilliance of your shine. Lift up your
eyes all around and see, they are all assembling and coming to you;
your sons will arrive from afar and your daughter will be raised at
(their) side. Then you will see and be radiant, your heart will be
startled and broadened, for the affluence of the West will be turned
over to you, and the wealth of the nations will come to you.

Isaiah 60: 1-5
The Stone Edition Tanach



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"Chanukah is more than a holiday; Chanukah is an eight-day spiritual journey.
Many people know the story of Chanukah -- but only as a historical pretext to
give gifts and eat latkes. We can call that the body of Chanukah. The soul of
Chanukah is its meditation, joy, warmth and light. Not only in our homes with
our loved ones, but with the entire world...Our hope is that by
igniting the soul, the body will follow and light the
world, one candle at a time."

Excerpted from Chabad.org




Menorah in the French Alps



God is not satisfied when mere Godly light radiates
upon this earth. If He were, He would have had no
need to create our world, since the higher, spiritual
worlds have a far greater capacity for the radiation
and retention of spiritual light.

Furthermore, the light is an external manifestation.
It is the king the way he appears in public, the way
he manifests himself is accordance with the expecta-
tions of his subjects, and so it changes in accordance
with the receiving capacity of each individual world,
just as the king's demeanor must suit his audience.
Our world, being all physical could receive only a
minute, contracted, and finite light. Too much light
would overwhelm our infinitesimal existence. No, this
world was not needed for the radiation of Godly light,
but so that God's Essence might come to reside among
us, totally "naked" of any external quality or impo-
sition. Our world was meant to serve as that private
residence where the Almighty could remove all garb
(contradictions) and be totally bare of any eter-
nality until His intrinsic self shined forth.


Excerpted from "Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge:
Basic Concepts of Hasidic Thought"
by Shmuel Boteach
Jason Aronson Inc., 1996





The Inner Flame

I am not more than
a wisp
of
smoke
to the world,
but
to God
I am a flame of hope and promise
in a darkened room.


Joan Noeldechen

Excerpted from "Bless the Day"
by June Cotner
Kodansha International, 1998



...and now, The Last Word:

"The final war is not fought on battlefields,
nor at sea, nor in the skies above. Neither
is it a war between leaders or nations. The
final war is fought in the heart of each human
being, with the armies of his or her deeds in
this world. The final war is the battle of
Chanukah and the miracle of light."


Courtesy of Chabad.org

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Random Bonus Quote:

Be master of mind rather than mastered by mind.

Zen saying

 

 

On today's
Home Page:


Book of Isaiah;
Chabad.org;
Shmuel Boteach;
Joan Noeldechen

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