Friday, December 14, 2012 • 4:42 AM Comments (3)

Miracle of the Light

posted by Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser

On the fifth night of Chanukah, Saskia asked that we light the menorah. We were the only two people around the house. The first four nights had been neglected. I said, sure.

I recited about a quarter of the prayer (that’s a generous estimate, to be honest) as I lit the first candle. I had to remind her blowing the candles out wasn’t allowed. The miracle I’d described moments earlier was clearly lost on her.

Last night, we lit the candles again. Critical mass had been achieved; we were five out of six around the menorah (rehearsal for A Christmas Carol claimed our sixth member—a farcical Paintbox Theatre production, but still).

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Sometimes just "Barukh atah Adonai" is enough! Meg's family faithfully light the chanahkia, but never prayers. That's backwards.

Posted by Carolyn Hastings on 12.14.12 at 6:44

Any fire in the darkness is always a beautiful thing...all the more if it is wrapped in any sort of family tradition, On this last day of Chanukah, and in light of Friday's beyond-tragedy. that's never been truer than now...

Posted by randiek on 12.16.12 at 7:29

Have you read Lemony Snicket's new book about the Latka who screamed (I forget the title). It is a funny little book and worth the read, at least from the library. x

Posted by Emily Marbach on 12.30.12 at 3:28
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