The purpose of this email is to help you turn your dinner table into a Shabbat table. Please print & share.
Trivia question for your Shabbat table:
What's the darkest day of the year?
Winter solstice, no?
No!!! Sorry Charlie, buzzer.
I didn't ask what's the shortest day of the year.
I asked what's the darkest day of the year.
The answer is: the new moon closest to the winter solstice.
if the winter solstice happens to coincide with a bright moon, it will
be a brighter 24 hour period than the most recent new moon.
The new moon happens to be today.
every year, Channuka, the festival of lights, happens exactly at this
darkest time. That's why it jumps around a lot, following the moon and
not the sun.
In the darkest time of the year, light a candle.
In a world that cares about who won the ball game, be the rare one who can enjoy the game without losing a minute of sleep over it.
In a world rewarding beauty and honoring net-worth, be the one-in-a-million who honors kindness, hard work and wisdom.
In a world spending $160 billion on "hope in a jar", be the crazy one who gives 20 percent to charity.
In a world chasing randomness, be the leader who projects faithfulness.
In a world directed by gossip, be the oddball who runs from lashon hara (even the really juicy stuff,)
In a world of science-worship, get in on the broader and deeper meaning of "Torah" without sacrificing the truth or joy of nature.
If you are already a candle in the darkness, then you are one of the truly beautiful people.
And this song is for you (or this version, or this one).
Shabbat Shalom & Happy Hannuka