Happy Hanukah to my beautiful rabbi pigeons!
One thing I revere about Judaism is that so much of the spiritual practice and ritual happens in the home. So what does that mean for your ministry, Rabbis? Does it mean that you’re home for the next eight nights lighting the menorah and taking it easy with the kids and the gelte? Or are you out sharing the festival with members of the congregation at the synagogue or in homes?
Is this eight straight days of, “Oh, honestly, I couldn’t eat one more potato pancake! Well… okay, just one little one.”
Gentiles may not know that traditional Hanukah foods are fried, because the holiday is connected to the miracle of the oil in the temple lamps lasting long enough to re-dedicate the space after it was desecrated. How do you manage that, rabbis? Recipe adjustments, very small portions, foregoing custom altogether, or stocking up on Stridex pads for that oily shine?