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Twinkling lights, candles glowing. . .

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Happy Hanukkah!

My neighbor gaily calls out as we pass each other walking our dogs.
Her gracious home is beautifully adorned, trees strung with twinkling white lights, lamp posts festooned with dark green garlands, the scent of pine in the air.
And I am touched by her greeting amidst the Christmasy splendor.

She must have glimpsed the electric menorah in our front window, one candle lit for each night. Or she noted that our home is the seemingly lone outlier on a street where most of the homes are bedecked for Christmas. So the cheery greeting, recognizing the difference in our holidays, and wishing me well on mine, made my day.

And it got me thinking again, about this holiday season, about what we share, and what we don’t.

I’m thinking about how religious belief springs from universal human yearnings for health, for happiness, for prosperity. How much of it comes from common purpose, to make the world a better place, to inspire, hope, love, and create peace. And how........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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