A great miracle happened HERE!

It is no coincidence that the 5th day of Hannukah coincides with the Winter Solstice this year on Sunday, December 21st (Saturday night). The 5th day of Hannukah is special in that it is when more branches of the Chanukiah are filled with candles and light rather than emptiness and darkness.

So too the winter solstice is the astronomical phenomenon which marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year (at least in the Northern Hemisphere). The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the gradual lengthening of days and shortening of nights.

Practically, as you begin to light the 5th candle this Hannukah, in a true partnership with nature, you are literally increasing the amount of light in our world.

One message of the fifth day is that the miraculous is not limited to the infrequent. In fact, the greatest miracles, and the ones that influence our lives most, are the repetitive daily miracles which become transparent to us. Just think, if an everyday miracle like the sunset only happened once a year, how everyone would make such an effort to see it and appreciate it.

It is in this light (you see what I did there) that I encourage everyone to step back and count their everyday blessings and appreciate the light that each and every one of us brings to this miraculous world. Everyone is truly special in their own way, and we here at Libenu are so fortunate to benefit from the light of so many truly wonderful people.

Happy Hannukah,

Max Dayan

 

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