Dear Readers,

There is no denying that reading the news nowadays is not a happy activity. We’re inundated with horrific stories that don’t make any sense. It feels like our world has simply gone crazy.

This week, we celebrate Chanukah, when the forces of light and goodness triumphed over darkness and evil. As we celebrate the miraculous holiday of Chanukah, I find myself looking deeply into the glow of the radiant candles as I try to absorb their message. Here are some ideas that come to mind:

  • They are bright
  • They reach upward, striving higher
  • Even a small glow brightens a heavy gloomy darkness
  • They are physical but also mystically spiritual
  • They represent optimism and power
  • We increase the number of candles every day, bringing more and more light into our world
  • They stand tall, shining brightly irrespective of what’s around them, unaffected by the surrounding dark environment

The message of Chanukah is that light has power over darkness. When the darkness around us is all-pervasive, we need to do our part to fill it with light. We cannot become paralyzed or immobilized; to the contrary, we need to shine our light and believe in its power to illuminate the darkness.

Wishing each of you a happy, beautiful, en-LIGHT-ening Chanukah.

Wishing that we will all experience our own Chanukah miracle, with the return of all of our hostages, and the complete security and safety of all our brothers and sisters.

Chana Weisberg
Editor, TJW

P.S. What is your Chanukah wish this year?