Dec 23rd, 2014
Shalom Mishpahat Beit Or.
As we come to the end of Hanukkah we may find ourselves disappointed, maybe even helpless, we are going to put the Hanukkiah out of sight, take down all the festive lights, reality will set in, we will go from a house full of light into the mundane, the dark, the cold winter, no friends or family members to come and share the food, the songs, the decoration, the story, the time we need the light the most is in the dead of winter, instead we take the lights down before the darkness fall on the world around us.
Is there a lesson for all of us in this experience? no doubt the lesson should be one of humility, one of surrender to the higher powers that come from heaven, one will never have a relationship with God until he/she surrenders to God’s will, the I and the ME will always be in the way of this relationship with God, it has to be HIM and YOU O LORD that will bond the relationship in Fear , Respect and Honor.
Just as the boot camp training is designed to prepare one for war, so are the lights of Hanukkah, they should prepare us to EMIT our own light, the eight days of light and all the preparation that goes with is the lesson of what is expected of us, if we have learned the lesson of Emitting light then instead of sadness or disappointment we should rejoice of the time we had with family and friends and now it is our turn to shine the light in the darkest time of the year.
Hanukkah lights are a result of a dark period in Jewish history, and since we know that Jewish history repeats itself, what a time to practice our own light, to practice what we have experienced for 8 days and see how we fare, how is our light showing compare to the MENORAH lights? since the lights of Hanukkah are a result of war and devastation, we are given a break, a time to recuperate and prepare for the next war, unless we are prepared, unless we have learned the lesson of EMITTING OUR LIGHT the 8 days of Hanukkah will be seasonal and temporary, we must remove the coat of arrogance and pride, put on the coat of submission and leadership of God through His messengers, call someone today, light up their day with a word of kindness, a word of encouragement, leave them with a ray of hope and enlightenment.
Tonight we at Beit Or TX, will gather to say good bye to the physical lights, we will have music, sing a few songs, we will greet one another and wish for a better year that is coming ahead for God’s people. We will eat of God’s bounty and rejoice for the opportunity of the lesson of Hanukkah and then as we part we will remember now that it is time for me to light up my inner MENORAH to make my light shine before men, so if you can invite family and friends to celebrate the wonderful season of lights, the good over the bad, the GOOD WILL ALWAYS PREVAIL OVER THE BAD IN THE END, but for now we must do our part, so rejoice and be glad with the foods, the lights and the people around you.
Rabbi Isaac Levy.