Monthly Archives: December 2012

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 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 Flame of Shabbat

Furby, Lego or Settlers.… Which gift will our children enjoy? Do we give one big gift at the beginning of Chanukah or one on each night? What do we do at a Chanukah party besides eat latkes (potato pancakes) and … Continue reading

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The Fourth Flame – The Flame of Torah

Last week, I returned from Israel for a week of Torah learning. This year I am in Stamford for Chanukah but two years ago our learning trip coincided with the holiday. At the time, I composed the following reflection on … Continue reading

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The Third 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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