Menorah Artwork hanging on exterior wall at Skirball Cultural Center
Hanukkah is almost upon us. The house has been decorated by my grandies, and looks festive with its blue and white illuminations, with a touch of silver thrown in, here and there. Hanukkah books related to their age are spread on various tables for them to look through, read, and/or have us read to them.
Kindle the taper like the steadfast star
Ablaze on evening’s forehead o’er the earth,
And add each night a lustre till afar
An eightfold splendor shine above thy hearth.
~Emma Lazarus, “The Feast of Lights”
The miracle, of course, was not that the oil for the sacred light -
in a little cruse – lasted as long as they say;
but that the courage of the Maccabees lasted to this day:
let that nourish my flickering spirit.
~Charles Reznikoff, “Meditations on the Fall and Winter Holidays”
Menorah at Skirball Cultural Center
Books recently finished reading:
The Perfume Collector
The Paris Architect
The Book Thief
The Grandchildren of the Ghetto
Jerusalem Dances, by Shoshi Kraus
Purim, by Baruch Nachshon
It’s Purim! Celebrate! Enjoy! Be happy and merry!
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February 24, 2013 – 14 Adar I, 5773
Tonight at dusk, begins the celebration of Tu B’Shvat, or New Year of the Trees. It is not a major Jewish holiday, but still a wonderful reason to participate and celebrate this happy Jewish traditional. It will continue through dusk tomorrow.
Some celebrate with a feast of varied fruits and/or nuts harvested from trees. The planting of trees is another custom, especially in Israel, where trees are planted through the Jewish National Fund. It is the like Arbor Day, in the U.S.
Environmental education has grown from this lovely Jewish tradition. Take a moment to reflect on our environment and what we can do to help conserve and preserve our resources.
February 7, 2012 – 14 Sh’vat, 5772
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