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1) Is every piece of truth worth telling? (credit to the magnificent Cyranny for this one)If you don’t have something nice to say, say nothing at all.
2) Whom do you miss more Freddy Mercury or Prince? (if you don’t know who those people are, just skip this question. It’s cool). Freddy Mercury
3) If you could only email or text people for the rest of your life (no other form of communication), which would you chose? Texting, because even though I am a slow typist, I feel I would get answers faster.
4) Would you prefer to work the midnight shift at a really creepy out of the way motel OR work alone for eternity? Sort of stealing an answer I read on someone else’s answer. If it was just work time and not my life, work alone. I am a chicken. Plus, now that I am retired I don’t have to do either. LOL
5) Bonus question because yes, these are a weird bunch this week: What’s one secret you’re still keeping from your immediate family? (no details required. You could say something like “The lost weekend in 1982”. You can also answer “Why I NEVER keep secrets from my nearest and dearest!”).Who I am
GRATITUDE SECTION (always optional) Please feel free to share something uplifting that you’ve experienced so far in 2021.
Happily, I have had my vaccines. Joyfully, I have hugged my grandkids. I am grateful for more vaccines for more people.
Di atPensitivity101 says “Welcome to The Three Things Challenge. Below are three things that may, or may not, be related. Simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you. Your three things today are: SUPPORT BECAUSE HARD”
I am immensely grateful for the support my friends are giving me because right now, things are hard.
Chabad.org explains about what the importance of lighting the Hanukkah candles means.
What It Means For You
Noting that one should spend time in close proximity to the Chanukah lights, the Previous Rebbe would say, “We must listen carefully to what the candles are saying.” So what are the flickering flames telling us? Here are some messages:
a. Never be afraid to stand up for what’s right. Judah Maccabee and his band faced daunting odds, but that didn’t stop them. With a prayer on their lips and faith in their heart, they entered the battle of their lives—and won. We can do the same.
b. Always increase in matters of goodness and Torah-observance. Sure, a single flame was good enough for yesterday, but today needs to be even better.
c. A little light goes a long way. The Chanukah candles are lit when dusk is falling. Perched in the doorway, they serve as a beacon for the darkening streets. No matter how dark it is outside, a candle of G‑dly goodness can transform the darkness itself into light.
d. Take it to the streets. Chanukah is unique in that its primary mitzvah is observed in public. It’s not enough to be a Jew at heart, or even at home. Chanukah teaches us to shine outwards into our surroundings with the G‑dly glow of mitzvahs.
e. Don’t be ashamed to perform mitzvahs, even if you will feel different. Rather, be like a menorah, proudly proclaiming its radiant uniqueness for all to see.
The eighth night meditation:
Eighth Night—Dedicated to the Transcendence: The Rooftop
This is the show of lights that sparkles forth from self.
Imagine yourself standing upon a rooftop, enacting that ancient human rite of watching the night fall. As the blue deepens into black you witness a single star shutter forth, and another, and another. The darkness kindles starlight upon the sky as surely as you kindle light upon your menorah. By the time the eighth star appears the entire sky releases her storehouse of sparks. Dazzled by stars beyond count, you face the seeming infinity of space. Beholding this limitlessness from your rooftop perch, you are reminded of the infinity of your very soul.
The eighth and final light.
The menorah stands luminous before us. Ignited in its entirety. Complete. These eight lights are the grand finale of the entire Chanukah journey. And finales, with all their pageantry, always signal that we have reached an end. Just as the rooftop is the upper limit of the house, this is the limit of our Chanukah lights. And yet, just as standing upon the roof allows us to grasp a sense of the skies’ limitlessness, looking upon the 8 lights we are reminded of G‑d’s light, the or haganuz that has no end.
The eighth and final night is thus dedicated to transcendence. Just as the seven days of the week represent linear time and the completion of the physical, the number eight is an elegant leap beyond the linear, and beyond physicality. Eight represents transcendence. Just as miracles themselves transcend the limits of the physical realm, so does the number eight beckon us to transcendence.
Although the eighth night is the exuberant end of this holiday, it also hints at the limitless holiness of every day. Yes, there were eight nights of miraculous oil, but beyond that—every day holds its own miracles. When we are in touch with the infinite light of our own souls, the very rooftop of our selves, then we are in touch with the infinitude of G‑d. From that place, miracles are not only possible, they are a given. This final night of Chanukah celebrates our transcendent spirits, and G‑d’s promise of His miraculous daily presence in our lives.
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I did not get to play dreidel with the grandkids this year. I am grateful to have been able to gift them dreidels and gelt so they can play together.
I did not make latkes this year. I am grateful that I do not have to wait until next Hanukkah to make them. G-d willing my family will be together soon.
I did not get to read to the grandkids this year. I am grateful that I listened to many podcasts about my holiday.
I am grateful for getting to light my menorahs this year as always.
I am grateful I was able to donate items to some in need.
I am grateful to live in a place where I can display my Menorah in the window without persecution.
I am grateful for the calm I feel when saying the blessings over the candles.
I am grateful that I have my grandmother’s menorah. I hope it continues to be passed down the family line.
Melanie gives us questions each Monday that allows us to share our thoughts with other bloggers.
What’s the tallest building you’ve been to the top of?
The CN Tower is a 553.3 m-high (1,815.3 ft) concrete communications and observation tower located in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Many, many years ago my spouse and I drove to Toronto from Southern California to visit his family. They were in a suburb of Toronto. We went up in the tower and had dinner in the revolving tower. Then we went to the higher level and I stood at the outside edge. My spouse , who has a fear of heights would not go anywhere near the edge.
What do you do to keep fit? I take long hot baths in Epsom salts.
What’s your jack-o-lantern carved to look like? I haven’t carved a pumpkin in ages. A memory came across my email and Facebook reminding me of 5 years ago when Z1 was in the hospital. It was a scary time.
Do you have hope or have you lost it? I have hope because without it there is no purpose to continue. “Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.”- Samuel Smiles
Gratitude: I am grateful that the events of five years ago are in the past and all four of my grandkids are healthy.
Melanie, atSparks From A Combustible Mindbrings us new questions to share our answers to. Please join in the fun and share your world with the blogging community.
In your opinion, what’s the closest thing to real magic? My brain immediately went to sentimental answers like watching a grandchild being born, hope when you think there is none, and watching a child getting a new concept they have been struggling with.
Where is the worst smelling place you’ve been? Many years ago, when I was looking for a preschool for my daughter I entered a house with a preschool on the premises. The woman didn’t believe in diapers for toddlers and I witnessed little ones urinating on the wood floors. OMG, I did a fast retreat out of there.
What are some things that you’ve heard in your own life, which sounded like compliments but were actually insults? A principal I once had was an expert in this department. You would listen to her and think, did she actually say that? No one was exempt from her comments. In fact, we teachers would share them with each other. She would say things like, “That lesson would have been great if all the kids were paying attention.” “Your teammates really miss you now that they have to have more students.”
What incredibly common thing have you never done? I have never changed a tire on a car. I am glad that I have never needed to either.
Gratitude Section (Optional, as always) Please feel free to share some gratitude that you experienced during the past week!
I am grateful for my lessened pain levels that have allowed me to work on purging things from my home.