Our Chanukah production will look a little different this year, and we’re really excited to share it with you! In a second year of virtual productions, we really wanted to share our Chanukah learning and excitement with the community in a way that is entertaining while also showcasing what it feels like to celebrate Chanukah at Ezra. This production has been so much fun to be a part of and our students had a great time rehearsing, filming, and editing our Chanukah mystery. Our goal this year is to be able to convey the light and learning that happens here, especially the light of Chanukah learning.
There is an argument in the Babylonian Talmud about the lighting of the Chanukiah and whether the Mitzvah is to light the candles or to display them. What follows is a discussion of whether the displaying of the lights is a continuation of the action of lighting the candles, or whether it is an action of its own. A series of other debates ensue based on this original question and ending with the text deciding that lighting does in fact fulfill the obligation, but that displaying is also important.
In an earlier comment, Rashi asserts that the Chanukiah should be lit outside in order to publicize the miracle (pirsumei nisa). This publicizing of the lights can also be applied to each of us on a personal level as well. While we are each responsible for our own accomplishments, keeping them completely to ourselves means that we don’t get to share them with others. This extends to other things such as gifts, food, talents, and inspiration. The more we are able to share with each other and display our positive experiences, the brighter the light gets.
I’m so grateful for the opportunity to share the little (and some really big) pieces of light from Ezra each week. As we enter into the triple header of a Shabbat (Shabbat+Chanukah+ Rosh Chodesh!) may we all merit to both shine and receive little and big bits of light and to be able to have more and more opportunities to share together.
Shabbat Shalom, Chodesh Tov, and Happy Chanukah!