Sunday, December 18, 2016
Hodgepodge 50/365 - Light
the proper way to do it, using the shamash (middle candle) to ignite the others; installing the candles from right to left, then lighting from left to right. I will not recite the blessings, and I won't worry about, for example, the fact that my windowsill is more than 30 feet above the street level. I just like the idea of sharing in the ritual, and in the care-full lighting of lights at this dark time, and the public sharing of intention. And yes, thinking about what this holiday represents for my Jewish friends—who I hope don't consider my act disrespectful. I mean utter respect.
The menorah and candles arrived in the mail today. I'm stoked for Saturday to arrive!
P.S. There is also a "virtual" candle-lighting project at Gratefulness.org, which by its very (web-based) nature is highly international. It's a cool idea. I lit a candle today, with a wish that everyone in this world experiences peace and hope, today, tomorrow, and always. One can dream . . .