Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Eighth Flame: Your Flame

Which one of the flames will you carry with you beyond Chanukah? Will it be the flame of Jewish identity or of gratitude? Will it be the flame of courage, Torah or another flame? What memory will you live in … Continue reading

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The Seventh Flame: The Flame of the Living Torah

Last year, I spent Chanukah in Israel studying Torah with members of our shul and composed the following reflection on the eve of Chanukah. . The message speaks to the vibrancy of Torah, one of the core themes of Chanukah … Continue reading

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The Sixth Flame: The Flame of Continuity

In memory of my mother, Sara Malka bat Aharon Avraham Halevi As I lit the Chanukah candles this past Shabbat, I was surrounded by my wife, daughters, sister and her family and my brother. I reflected on our time as … Continue reading

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The Fifth Flame: The Inner Flame – A Meditation

Take some time to meditate on the flames as they burn tonight. Gaze at them. Do not think about the future or worry about what you are doing next. Be in the moment. Imagine that G-d is looking down at … Continue reading

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The Fourth Flame: The Twisted Flame

The Havdalah candle we light on Saturday night at the end of Shabbat is a twisted flame. Two wicks braided together. What is the message for Chanukah? Fire symbolizes both life and death. A fire can be destructive or constructive. … Continue reading

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