Tonight begins the eight-night celebration of Chanukah, and while the latkes are quite delicious, and the dreidel games get very silly, and while giving gifts is all well and good, I like to take a moment each night and think of the metaphor at hand, of tiny lights in darkness, building brighter each night for eight days, and of doing our own part to illuminate and find meaning in the world around us. Two of my favorite quotes on this very topic are not from Jews at all, but St. Francis of Assisi and Buddha, and serve each year, as my wish for everyone.
"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." -- Buddha
"All the darkness in the world can't extinguish the light from a single candle."
— St. Francis Of Assisi
May the Festival of Lights brighten each of our own little corners of the world, and may we each see the way to best be a light in the world.
Now, go have some fried potatoes, already.
Guthie loves you. (Mwah!)