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Monday Mottoes – #118

thOn this first day of Hanukkah and yet another chilly Monday morning, maybe a little levity is due. All of the holiday bustle in full swing, terrorist sabre-rattling and flags at semi-perpetual half-mast, it’s a clear comparison-and-contrast everywhere you look. Time to break free and focus on faith and family, friends and fun.

In honor of the holiday, I made some cheese and pretzel hors-d’oeuvres in the shape of Hanukkah dreidels. It gave everyone a little laugh.

Our family finds our strength in a miracle-working God, one who is not afar-off, but close IMG_5935and personal and assisting in everyday life. It’s not at all odd to us that He would cause miracles to happen long ago… or right now.  It’s not unusual to hear of one family living long ago in a hilltop village of Modi’in (between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv of today) who stood up to the Syro-Assyrian army… and by their courage won against encroaching secularism… as the revolt spread from family to family and town to town until the Temple in Jerusalem was retaken and cleansed….  All that to say, we also have our feet firmly planted in reality of a different sort, the kind of challenges that come to us all, the kind of things that could make one cry or chuckle.

And today it’s time for the latter, which brings us to today’s motto:

sufganiyot1“In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukka’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas!’ or ‘Happy Hanukka!’ or (to the atheists) ‘Look out for the wall!’” ~Dave Barry, “Christmas Shopping: A Survivor’s Guide”

Today, be courageous and do the right thing.  Happy Monday, everyone!


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