Robin Spielberg - "Hatikvah/The Song Of Hope"
As we step into the 2nd day and 3rd night of Chanukah I wanted to touch on some of the universal themes of this season. In the winter months when sunlight, nee light, is at it's lowest ebb, and many people are fighting seasonal depression as well as bittersweet memories from holidays past it is important to remember the common thread of many of the holidays in this time.
Something divine, some spark of hope and divinity and lights comes down from the universe and brings light into our lives. There is the solstice celebrating the return of the sun and the divine light is brings restoring plants and crops, there is Christmas celebrating the birth of Jesus a divine soul in an earthly body here to lead his followers out of the darkness, and there is Chanukah celebrating the miracle of light holding out longer than in should to instill in it's people the hope to go on and conquer their would be oppressors.
What beautiful sentiments from each religion, if only we took the time to look at the similarities of them, rather than their differences.
The world gives us the chance to choose the light every year. We are gifted the opportunity to look into the malaise, the darkness, and the fear, to stand strong in our convictions and to look for the return of the light, in whatever form that may be.
So today, with hope cradled like an ember I choose Robin Spielberg's "Hatikvah/The Song Of Hope" as my, look to the light, find the happy that surrounds you, look up and believe, song for a, walk your own path to truth, follow your own divinity, take each gift with gratitude and joy, Thursday.