Happy New Year & Happy Chanukah 

Today is the first day of 2017 and the last day of Chanukah.

Best wishes to all for a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!



This year, my husband and I had a very funny experience with our candles for Chanukah. I am sure there is a hidden symbolism, but, as of yet, any possible deeper significance is eluding me.

For whatever reasons, we were gifted with several boxes of candles this year. However, when we really needed some to light the menorah last night, we had misplaced them all.

Scrounging around, we were blessed to find exactly nine candles to light — 8 for each day, and one for the “Shamash” (“attendant”) candle. Our own little Chanukah miracle!

In the Jewish tradition, the number 8 is seen as above nature. Therefore, the last day of Chanukah is a very auspicious time to pray for personal requests.

My prayer is for the supernal light of Chanukah to bless us with the clarity to see the miraculous within every aspect of our lives.


Many blessings to everyone!



Carol and family.


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17 thoughts on “Happy New Year & Happy Chanukah 

  1. Sumith January 3, 2017 at 1:16 PM Reply

    Beautiful post!! Wishing you a happy New Year!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Osyth January 2, 2017 at 1:51 PM Reply

    I wish you a very Happy New Year. May 2017 be filled with joy and laughter, peace and contentment and above all things love for you and your family. ❤️

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  3. anotherfoodieblogger January 2, 2017 at 1:34 PM Reply

    Happy New Year Carol! xo

    Liked by 1 person

  4. vikaherbs January 2, 2017 at 8:08 AM Reply

    Beautiful post, thank you. And many blessings to you and your family. Ivana

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  5. susieshy45 January 1, 2017 at 10:54 PM Reply

    Its wonderful that you were able to detect your own miracle in a simple thing like a candle . Happy New Year !

    Liked by 1 person

    • Cooking For The Time Challenged January 2, 2017 at 5:00 AM Reply

      Happy New Year to you too! I believe in practicing to see miracles even amidst the mundane in every aspect of life. Otherwise, it is too easy to take things for granted. Thank you 🙂

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      • susieshy45 January 2, 2017 at 9:07 AM

        I can so relate to that. I wish all of us could live by that. To be honest I can understand now where the Christian ideology of giving thanks for everything springs from.

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      • Cooking For The Time Challenged January 2, 2017 at 10:09 AM

        Gratitude is the root of all virtues. It is something that I believe in practicing every day.


  6. koolkosherkitchen January 1, 2017 at 10:37 PM Reply

    That was your own personal miracle, and may your year be full of them!

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