Friday, December 11, 2009

Darkness Restores the Light

The eternal light was ignited in the full darkness following the destruction of the Second Temple in 165 BC.

I imagine that it was not easy for the Maccabees to find that one cruse of unopened sanctified oil amidst the debris and the rubble.

Was the miracle that the oil lasted for eight days?

Or did the miracle begin with the search?

During the dark night of the soul we find our strength, our resilience, and our determination to seek the light in the morning’s illumination.

This Saturday evening, December 12, at 5:45 p.m., I will light the second candle of Chanukah in the lobby of the Washington DC Jewish Community Center (at 16th and Q Streets NW). Following the candle lighting, there are two films being shown at the Washington Jewish Film Festival. For more information, visit

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