TAGSAntisemitismCourageDarknessEmpathyFaithHanukkahhistoryInspirationLightMeaningMiracleOpinionRabbi Rick SherwinReligious Freedom Previous articleFlorida bill would require a warrant to access location data on electronic devicesNext articleFocus on Business: The economics of Christmas trees Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR As a child in Religious School I learned the overly-simplistic explanation that we celebrate Hanukkah because a single small jar of oil miraculously burned for eight days. I remember responding to the teacher with the least important question in biblical study: “Did it really happen?” Later I would learn that the miracle had significance whether it happened or not.Hanukkah’s story begins with a government implementing rules mandating that Jews be like everyone else. Jews embraced the culture’s mode of dress, language, education. However, when it came to internal essence – core values and belief – the Maccabees stood up and said, “Enough!” It was the first revolt for religious freedom, the first effort to push back against the darkness of antisemitism.America has, over time, offered light to the Jewish People, opening opportunities to learn and teach, to participate and lead, to speak up and to speak out. Unfortunately, that light has been shadowed at certain points in our country’s history, when immigration quotas, exclusionary memberships, and “gentlemen’s agreements” precluded Jews from American life.The darkness of antisemitism has returned with the emergence of tolerated white supremacy groups and a legal use of the word “religious” that ignores Jewish values. Antisemitism has returned with a vengeance in social media posts, hostility towards Israel, and is punctuated by murderous attacks such as in Pittsburgh and a plethora of bomb threats to Jewish organizations across the country.We know what it’s like to be ostracized, denigrated, and blamed. When we light Hanukkah candles, we must remind ourselves to empathize, to bring closer the ostracized, to defend the denigrated, and to speak up to those who categorically blame others. Hanukkah is our reminder to drive away whatever darkens American life today.One debate in the Talmud records the process of lighting the Hanukkah candles. The followers of the Sage Shammai taught: On the first day of Hanukkah eight lights are kindled and thereafter they are gradually reduced. They reasoned that Hanukkah is based on the Temple dedication on Sukkot, when the number of sacrifices diminished each day until the eighth day when only one was brought.Hillel’s students agree that Shammai is logical in his thinking, but lighting all eight on the first day would mean that each day grows darker with diminished light until the end when we turn out the lights and go home. Therefore, said the students of Hillel, we will begin with only one on the first night, then increase the light with each passing day of Hanukkah. We reiterate the promise of the Maccabees: we will drive away the darkness of antisemitism, the darkness of legal oppression, and the darkness of sanctioned discrimination within American society. We believe tomorrow can be brighter.Aristotle is credited with the saying, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” To me, that is precisely the message of the Hanukkah candles: our individual efforts are enhanced when we join together as a community, and as our community joins others in condemning bigotry and religious intolerance, and in demanding bipartisan safeguards to freedom.Banu choshech l’gareish, b’yadeinu or va-eish.Kol echad hu or katan, v’kulanu or eitan.Surah choshech, hal-ah sh’chor!Surah mipnei ha-or!Down with darkness up with light.Up with day and down with night.Each of us is one small light,But together we burn bright Go away darkness black as night Go away, give way to light.We have come to banish nightBanish it with candle-light.All the little candle raysJoin to make a mighty blazeBanish darkness, banish nightHanukkah, the Feast of Light.We light candles as per Hillel, increasing light each night. And, with our commitment, the light of a single small act of moral courage in voice or deed will continue to shine brightly far beyond eight days. That, to me, is the miracle of Hanukkah!Happy Hanukkah Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash Hanukkah begins the evening of Thursday, December 10 and ends the evening of Friday, December 18Opinion | Faith & InspirationBy Rabbi Rick Sherwin Rabbi Rick Sherwin, a graduate of UCLA, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, and currently lives and serves in Central Florida. Rabbi Rick’s passion is filling spiritual services and interfaith educational programs with creativity, relevance, dialogue, and humor. 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Reiterating the party’s stand, Panneerselvam said AIADMK would press for the release of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and strive for the scrapping of the National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test for medical admissions.“AIADMK will urge the Government of India and the president to give due direction to the Governor of Tamil Nadu for release of seven Tamil convicts as ordered by the Supreme Court and approved by the cabinet of Tamil Nadu government,” he said. India’s AIADMK election manifesto has included ensuring justice for the Tamils in Sri Lanka.On the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, AIADMK said it would press the Centre to take up the issue of “massacre” of civilian Tamils in the island republic during the peak of hostilities, with the International Criminal Court at the Hague, the Press Trust of India reported. The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu Tuesday promised a slew of measures in its election manifesto, including a national poverty eradication initiative that will be named after the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Releasing the manifesto for the general election at a press conference, AIADMK coordinator and Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said the party would “vigorously pursue” the Amma National Poverty Eradication Initiative (ANPEI). In September 2018, the cabinet had recommended to Governor Banwarilal Purohit the release of Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan, Jayakumar, Ravichandran, Robert Payas and Nalini, all serving life in prison for their involvement in the killing of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi at an election rally here in 1991 by an LTTE suicide bomber. (Colombo Gazette)