Jewish Journal


December 23, 2011

How Much Darkness Does One Candle Take Away?



Randall Fried

A good friend of mine Randall Fried, owner of R House catering company, is always filled with wisdom. It could be his years of experience in the Kosher food business, teaching at Sinai Temple, leading March of the Living or it could just be his depth of knowledge and passion for history. During this Hanukkah season I quote him in saying…

How much darkness does one candle take away? Then add another? And another? We learn as children that the most important candle on the menorah is the Shamash, “the helper” candle.  You and I, like the shamash, have the power to help those around us; to share our light to disperse someone else’s darkness. Hanukah is known as the festival of lights and a time of miracles.  The real miracles happen today when we choose to help others.  We all have our darkness; our daily stresses, be it socially, personally and or financially.  These days it is so easy to be self absorbed in our own troubles, yet when we take the time to help others it is amazing how much light we add to the world around us. 

This Hanukah, take the time to gaze upon your Hanukiah and remember how much light one candle gives, not only the light of the shamash but the light it gives to each additional candle.  May we be like the light of the shamash, shinning bright and sharing our light with others.  Hag Sameach!

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