Hanukkah serves as a powerful reminder that on the hardest days of our life, when darkness seems to lurk at every turn, there is always a glimmer of light, a glimmer of holiness, a glimmer of God.
Hanukkah represents so much more than just eight nights at the darkest time of the year. The festival charges us to engage in the sacred task of taking stock of how we live our days, even in the absence of the candles’ spiritual reminder to seek out light and love. Hanukkah is our story of hope. It is our story of miracles. And that profound message lingers an entire year. It teaches us that every single day – through the lights of our tradition, through the wisdom of our Judaism – we can always find our unique way.
With the hanukkiyah as our guide, the lights of Hanukkah inspire us to look inward and find all that is hidden within our hearts. As the embers smolder and ignite, the brightness comes from that which is hidden in addition to that which is revealed. It inspires us to seek and commit to a life of purpose and meaning.
Samantha Trief is a rabbi at Temple Sinai.