Light! Across the world, holidays are celebrated throughout the winter that involve light. In the dark, we cannot see; we can easily get lost and we are often afraid. As the nights become longer, Earth loses its warmth and becomes cold and less nurturing. No wonder our ancestors valued light!
Light is the first of God’s creative acts, even before the sun, moon, and stars. Our ancestors are led from slavery by a pillar of fire by night. The prophets shared how light is associated not only with G-d, but with G-d’s dream for Jerusalem and the world. “Nations shall come to your light,” Isaiah says, “ and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” Dawn tells us that darkness will not last forever; it brings order to the world.
As darkness deepens, we celebrate Hanukkah. We light the candles and see the their glow light up our home- like a little dawn. The temple was rededicated and we can still celebrate this miracle. Thinking of all the wonderful miracles that happen in our lives, we can reflect on the fact that we have so much.
With all that is happening in our world, may we take a moment to look at that spark that lights up our lives and count our blessings. May we feel grateful that we have our faith, as well as our CKA family to help us through the hard times, to celebrate the good and to make this world a little brighter.
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Save the Dates!
- Jan. 14th- KAWRJ’s Mitzvah Day, 10-12
- Jan. 28th- KAWRJ’s Winter Membership Meeting
- Feb. 9th- KAWRJ leads Shabbat service, 7:30-9
- Feb. 24th- Ladies’ Afternoon Out- Sweet Pea Tea Room