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Happy Hanukkah

Posted Dec 11 2009 1:00pm

I found at least ten different ways of spelling Hanukkah (that's how I always spelled it) so rather than offend all of my Jewish readers I've given you the original Hebrew.

For those of you who don't know, today at sunset is the first night of Hanukkah.

Here's the Reader's Digest version of the story of Hanukkah. Thousands of years ago the Syrian king, Antiochus ordered the Jewish people to reject their God and worship the Greek gods. One person (of many) who refused was Judah Maccabee.

Judah and his brothers formed an army and named it Maccabee, which means hammer. After fighting for three years the Maccabees drove the Syrians out of Israel and reclaimed the temple in Jerusalem.

The Maccabees cleaned the building and removed references to the Greek gods. When the cleaning was complete they wanted to rededicate the temple and re-light the N'er Tamid, an oil lamp and eternal light in every Jewish house of worship.

The problem was that once lit, the oil lamp should never go out and only a tiny bottle of oil was located, enough for one day.

The miracle of Hanukkah is that the lamp stayed lit for eight days, not one.

What does Hanukkah have to do with cancer you may ask. Nothing, Not a thing at all. But if you think about cancer it is nearly always called a battle. We have a war on cancer, people die after a long battle with cancer, he'll beat cancer because he's a real fighter.

I also know some people dealing with cancer right now that could use a miracle like the miracle of the oil. Paco and Dorothy you're on my mind and I wish nothing more for you than miracles.

I'm not a particularly religious person but if anyone was due for a holiday miracle it would be the people we know who are fighting the battle of their lives.

So as you say the Hanukkah prayers, or sabbath prayers or your prayers at church on Sunday please include Dorothy and Paco and anyone else you know dealing with this disease.

Feel free to add those who could use prayers in the comments.

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