So we’re coming close to the end of the year 2013. In the month of November, normally, the big holiday we celebrate is Thanksgiving. This year, for the first time in about 4000 years, Hanukkah will be celebrated on Thanksgiving Day! So I, Rabbi Leon Olenick, have giving this momentous day a nickname, “Thankanukkah”.
Thankanukkah is a time when all the families come together to eat a big feast, spend quality time together and embrace the love of your family. Hanukkah is what I like to call, the holiday of light and miracles. A lot of us who don’t get to see our families, whether it be because they live in a different area or they have passed on, need to remember that those family members are with us, just in a special way. If you are one of the lucky people who is able to spend time with their loved ones during the holidays, consider that a miracle.
We also need to remember the miracles in our lives and in our hearts. Miracles really do happen everyday, we just need the right vision to see those miracles unfold. We are so lucky that we can celebrate each day the way we want. We should even celebrate the people we care for. They have given you a great purpose in life. Do not take your work for granted. You are doing a fantastic job!
This Hanukkah, when you go to light your Menorah, let that light burn into your heart. Remind yourself of all that you are thankful for and remember that it is a miracle that you are even alive!
If you would like to speak with Rabbi Leon Olenick personally, feel free to call him at (305) 490-5999 or contact the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center at (561) 588-4545. Thank you and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!