More than merely a holiday that marks days with lights and presents, Chanukah offers us the opportunity to practice dedicating ourselves to each moment with presence.
The resources we most need to navigate tough times are not physical, but spiritual. In perfect timing, we receive a day to reap that harvest and boost our inner strength.
We are often afraid of creating space for silence out of fear of what might emerge. On Rosh Hashana, the shofar creates that silence for us through its piercing sound. But it’s still up to us to listen to the voice within.
We can easily fall into the false beliefs that all units of time are equal, and that we must follow a prescribed timeline. But this belief ignores other facts about how we measure time.
When we reveal the parts of ourselves that we keep hidden, we are able to serve others in a bigger way. Often, it’s part of ourselves that we try the hardest to hide is the key that unlocks our greatest service.