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 you?

It is no wonder that the eighth day is described as the essence of the holiday. The number seven signifies the natural world, but eight symbolizes the world beyond. We tend to move from one day to the next and fondly reminisce about life. However, the eighth day beckons us to reflect on the impact of the holiday on our lives and guarantee the vibrancy and vitality of our experience. The holidays are rallying points to propel us to supernatural spiritual heights.

How will we have changed after Chanukah?

Reflect on your gift from the holiday.

How will we keep the flame alive? My inspiration emerges from the symbolism of the lights of Chanukah as sparks of the soul. We each possess a light from Above that can never be extinguished. Metaphorically, the jar of pure olive oil discovered on Chanukah and miraculously burning for eight days signifies our infinite potential for growth.

When we spend time with our children, are we fueling their love of Torah and enabling them to become their best?

Will we spread light to our family and community?

In less than 24 hours, the holiday will end. What flame will you take with you?

Thank you for joining the journey of 8 Days to a Better You!

Stay in touch and keep the flame alive!

Happy Chanukah,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

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