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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Increasing the Light




Flames flicker and dance
Joyfully dedicated
To a kinder world

Increasing the light
Understanding each other
A little bit more

Illuminated
We embrace our differences
And see our oneness

Increasing the light
Isn’t that why we are here
My soul loving yours?

*In Kabalistic teachings, (mystical Judaism) the soul is often compared to a flame. 

Festivals of light have been celebrated across time and cultures around the world during the dark nights of autumn and early winter for eons. Do a Google search of "Festivals of Light" or "Winter Festivals Around the World" and you will begin to get a sense of just how much humans crave light and community as we edge closer to solstice. Chanukah, the eight day holiday my family celebrates this time of year begins tonight with the lighting of the first candle by its guardian (shamash). 

Even on the first night, two companions share the darkness and merge their light. This is interesting to contemplate, considering a central theme of Chanukah is "non-assimilation"; maintaining our rights as humans to practice (or not practice) our own religious traditions, to believe in God (or not), each in our own way. I think it is not only possible, it is essential to both honor and respect our unique religious practices and simultaneously recognize our oneness as living beings. This moves us beyond basic tolerance to love of all of people. Torah teaches that humans are created b’tzelem Elohim, in God’s image [Genesis 1:27]. This is not interpreted to mean that we “look like” God, rather that we are all born with the potential to reflect Divine attributes, such as compassion, lovingkindness, justice, joy, peace and patience through our intentions, words and actions. Embedded within each of us is a spark of Divine light.


Chag Urim Sameach
Wishing you and your family joy during this season of increasing the light.

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31 comments:

  1. What a beautiful and important tradition -- to celebrate light.
    Judy

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  2. Happy Chanukah to you and your family, Laura!

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  3. wishing you and yours a wonderful time over Chanukah.

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  4. Happy Chanukah to you and your loved ones!

    You've given us such beautiful words and so much to contemplate here, once again. Regarding your previous post, I, too, have seen a few blossoms on our forsythia this December here in Wisconsin, and last December, as well. We are living in a strange and wonderful time, indeed.
    xoxoxo

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  5. I'm grateful for the true Light that gives light to every man.

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  6. Wishing you and your family every happiness at Hanukkah, and a year filled with many blessings.

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  7. Happy Chanukah to you and your family :o)

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  8. Love your meditation on light..and how it unites us in this world. Beautiful post...thank-you!

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  9. you've passed your lit flame to my candle and now there's light. thank you Laura. wishing you a most joyful Chanukah. take good care now.

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  10. I welcome any extra light in this lovely life of ours.

    Happy Holidays!

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  11. Blessings to You, m'dear.

    "This moves us beyond basic tolerance to love of all of people. Torah teaches that humans are created b’tzelem Elohim, in God’s image [Genesis 1:27]. This is not interpreted to mean that we “look like” God, rather that we are all born with the potential to reflect Divine attributes..."

    So powerful, such Truth... beyond tolerance to Love.

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  12. I toast the "Embedded ...spark of Divine light within us..."

    Words of wisdom. Thank you.

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  13. Blessings, Light, Presence on these hours.

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  14. What a beautiful post, Laura!
    Happy Chanukah to you and your family!
    Hugs
    Joo
    xxx

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  15. we are but tapers...this is one of the reasons i love the candlelight serives...seeing the light overcome the dark

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  16. Oh, this is so lovely. I especially like the 3rd stanza.

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  17. increasing the light is a good thing..and if we all would start with a tiny flame, the light would be bright enough to change the whole world..

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  18. laura, thanks for the love, life, light, that you are continually sharing with us all.

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  19. love the idea of increasing the light for one another

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  20. Wonderful verse and you it's nice to see the light shine through the darkness.

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  21. Beautiful post on this world-wide tradition. Even here in Florida, where we get sunshine all year, we will still light luminaries after dark during Christmas week.

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  22. Lovely.
    I wish you a very merry Christmas to you my friend

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  23. Beautiful, Laura. I wish you a happy Chanukah to you and yours! xo

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  24. Light love and laughter, kind Laura! May 2012 shine the light brightly on hearts as caring as yours. The world needs more YOU!(beautiful, inspiring, and as uplifting as always...)

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  25. I'm rather captivated by the merging of the lights, but also symbolism of staying unique. I have been spending a lot of time lately thinking about how much of my uniqueness to revel in and how much of it to give up for the sake of community - so the imagery is uplifting, thanks!

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  26. "increasing the light--isn't that why we are here?"

    yes, laura. that sums it up exactly. you are a light that flickers brightly friend. xo

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  27. Without light, the world would be so dark. Working to increase the light is my new motto!

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  28. Happy Chanukah, Laura. On this beautiful first day of winter I am aware of the light and grateful that the days will now start to get longer. May the season of increasing light bring health and happiness to you and yours ~

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