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Gratitude & Chanukah

Thursday, 6 December, 2012 - 8:13 am

 Chanukah is here! Can you believe how fast time flies when you are having fun?

Among other themes, Chanukah is a time for gratitude.  It is a time for us to give thanks to G-d for the miracle of Chanukah and the freedom that we are privileged to be able to celebrate our heritage.

When it comes to giving thanks the question becomes how much are you willing to do to express that thanks. You join someone for dinner, you bring flowers.  A good friends birthday you bring a gift.  How far are you willing to go to show that thanks?  Are you willing to make yourself uncomfortable?  Are you willing to give up a good movie, a night out, a baseball game?  How much are you willing to challenge yourself to show appreciation?

In the story of Chanukah a small band of Maccabees challenged the mighty Greek Syrian Army and miraculously were victorious.  Later in the story the Jews found a small flask of oil and although it didn't make sense they lit it with faith in G-d and indeed it burned for 8 days and nights.  Do you see a pattern? The Jews broke through every rational comfort zone to do the right thing and G-d responded in kind. 

So, how far are you willing to go to show gratitude, to be a mentsch, to show appreciation?  Are you willing to challenge your comfort zone? Your rational self? How far would you go?

Have a good Shabbos - We look forward to seeing you over the weekend!ServicesParty for AdultsCommunity Menorah Lighting?

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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