Hanukah – One Candle at a Time
Hanukah reminds us that simple actions matter. One by one, the candles add up to a mesmerizing glow. One by one kindnesses add up and we trust again. Light by light, story by story, one word of wisdom can alter our paradigm, and we are changed for the better. As a culture, we are not impressed or thrilled to take things slowly, one step at a time, one day at a time. We prefer and therefore expect of ourselves dramatic, life changing actions. We think that the one little thing we did for an animal, or warmth we shared with a fellow human being is of little consequence by comparison to some great act we have not yet figured out how to do.
Most meaningful moments of life are comprised of many small or medium size actions that over a period of time produce an important cumulative effect. If we wait for the big perfect amazing opportunity to light the world’s biggest bonfire, we may light nothing at all. When we don’t do anything, because it is not “big enough,” then we are missing the sacred small opportunities to illuminate and enlighten along the way. So remember, one candle at a time, one action at a time can make all the difference.
Rabbi David Booth, Congregation Kol Emeth
May the following quotes provide inspiration through this season of lights.
“Let there be light.”
“Never fear shadows. They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.”
Ruth E. Renkel
“A little light will dispel much darkness.”
Issachar ben Eilenburg, Tzeda laDerekkh, 1550-1623
“Many candles can be kindled from one candle without diminishment.”
“Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.”
“Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”
“I will love the light for it shows me the way.
Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”
“Your greatness is revealed not by the lights that shine upon you, but by the light that shines within you.”
Ray A. Davis
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Kindle your own candle. Ignite your soul. Chanukah is your story.”
Likutey Halakhot, Shituakh HaKen 5:8