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.