Looking at the events today, you start to wonder.
The story of a little candle pushing away the monster of frightening darkness, of human sensibility overcoming terror and brute force, of life and growth overcoming destruction, the battle is very much alive within each of us, and in the world outside of us.
It reoccurs at every winter solstice, at every dawn of each day, with every photon of sunlight that breaks through the earthâ€™s atmosphere bringing it warmth and life-nurturing energy. With every breath of life, every cry of a newborn child, every blade of grass that breaks out from under the soil, every decision to do good in the face of evil, to be kind where there is cruelty, to build where others destroy, to move humanity forward when others pull us toward chaos.
That is Chanukah.
Chanukah is an eight-day spiritual journey. Many people know the story of Chanukah but only as a historical pretext to give gifts and eat latkes. We can call that the body of Chanukah; the soul of Chanukah is its meditation, joy, warmth and light. Not only in our homes with our loved ones, but with the entire world. In this tradition, Chabad presents this historic Menorah Lighting. Our hope is that by igniting our souls, everybody will follow and light the world, one candle at a time.
We look forward to having you join us for the Public Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, November 28th at 4:30 p.m. at Pine Tree Circle, and making this Chanukah very special.
Rabbi Dovid & Dina Weiss
Directors, Chabad of Topanga
For more information: (310) 455-1597; Rabbiweiss@hotmail.com; chabadoftopanga.com