Send A Much Needed Holiday Message To The World!

Cantor Debbie and I celebrated Shabbat and an early Chanukah with our Early Childhood Center students this morning! We need Chanukah desperately this year. It will bring light not only to the darkest time of the year, but into a very dark time in our global Jewish community. The attacks against us are overwhelming. Many of you want to do something. I’ve been asked by so many: “what can I do to stand up to the anti-Semitism out there?” Centuries ago, the great Jewish leaders, Rabbi Hillel and Rabbi Shammai, respectfully disagreed over how we light the Chanukiah. Rabbi Shammai insisted that on the first night, we light eight candles and reduce a candle each night.  Rabbi Hillel disagreed teaching that we need to add a candle each night, making the glow of the Chanukiah brighter as the holiday progresses. As we all know, Rabbi Hillel’s argument stuck and for good…