To all my fellow members of The Tribe, Happy Chanukah!
I told my children today that Chanukah was, in fact, two miracles:
The first was the miracle of victory itself; a smallish band of rebels winning victory? Miracle.
The second, of course, was the burning oil that lasted until more could be sanctified. Miracle two.
Today is Jerusalem Day. In Israel they are preparing festivities (probably already underway given the time difference).
Video from 2016.
Why is this so moving to me? Never mind the fact that I lost family members… THIS is a nation, a people, and a culture with a memory. It brings to mind another video:
Signing off for Shabbat.
THIS… is spirit! THIS… is morale! Am Yisrael chai! (Just read an interesting book that talked about wars – and that, very often, THE determining factor is not weapons, or technology, or numbers, but SPIRIT and MORALE and DETERMINATION.)
For only $90, donate a fleece jacket to an IDF soldier. It’s simple, it’s easy, and not only does it help an individual, the money goes to Israel’s economy. And it’s tax-deductible!
Connections Israel: Fleece Donation Page
Full disclosure: I am a volunteer member of this 501c3 charity’s Governing Board.
There are some REALLY good-looking recipes here. Will have to start trying them.
We were slaves, and now we are free thanks to G-d’s mighty hand. A Happy Passover to all; and also Shabbat Shalom!
Next year in Jerusalem!