Chanukah starts next week, and JMC is “Getting in the Mood” with a workshop this Thursday night (7:45pm – 9pm at BZC). In preparation for the workshop, I’ve been thinking a lot about miracles, bringing light into darkness, and dedication. The word chanukah means dedication, and in the story of the holiday the holy Temple is desecrated and after being retaken by the Maccabees, it is rededicated, made holy again. As the days get colder and darker, the festival of lights is coming up, when we light candles and are reminded how even a tiny flame can illuminate the darkest night. Each night of the holiday we increase the number of candles, increasing the light, dispelling the darkness. It’s a good reminder (as all holidays are reminders) of the power of light, the beauty of kindling a flame, and that we all have the ability to shine light in dark places. I hope you’ll join us as we prepare for Chanukah, finding miraculous sparks and our own divine light as we rededicate ourselves, bringing holiness and meaning to the holiday through contemplative practice, teachings, discussion, and meditation.