As Hanukkah will soon be upon us, let us consider the meaning of the flames we will kindle.
The flames of light remind us of our historic“mission” to bring light where there is darkness,and to bring hope when others would despair.
The flames of the menorah remind us that the oil continues to burn: flames of conscience and dedication to humane values and ideals. Flames that speak to the miracle that we Jews, so small in number, are still here as the bearers of hope as we affirm the power of the few against the mighty.
So as we light the candles in our homes, let the flames remind us of the vision that we Jews have always cherished: a world where darkness is dispelled by light, and where hope and moral goodness prevail.
I wish you a joyous and meaningful Hanukkah. Together, may we keep the flames of “dedication”and renewal burning bright for all to see. For that is their purpose: to renew hope for us and all of humanity.