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This Chanukah: Hope, Steadfast
[December 7, 2023] Tonight begins Chanukah, a celebration of the strength of the Jewish people against overwhelming odds, a commitment to light amidst the darkness. These days, we yearn for a time when Chanukah was a distant metaphor from the annals of history. This year, I’m almost grateful for the escape that the American commercialized Chanukah offers our kids: something simple and sweet and loving amidst this deep darkness. But we dare not look away from this essential truth: that the Jewish people and Jewish history are filled with hearts broken open, filled with the simultaneous experience of both overpowering darkness and stubborn, persistent light. …
One week ago, I took our two teenage boys to the March for Israel in Washington DC—the most powerful experience of Jewish Peoplehood I never wanted them to need. Deep thanks to the Jewish Federations of North America for organizing the march with the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. It was beautiful, heartbreaking, and hopeful all at once- a sacred gathering that we are not soon to forget….
This is who we are.
We make it through the best we can. Each day, it rings in our ears, distracts us from work and loved ones, keeps us up at night and animates our nightmares: the October 7 Hamas massacre, the 240+ hostages, the fallen Israeli soldiers, the thousands of innocent Palestinians dying in Gaza….