As a lung cancer patient advocate I must make every effort to be an optimist; ergo the name of our nonprofit contains the word hope. This Friday marks the first night of Chanukah which essentially is a triumph of hope against all odds. The whole miracle thing about oil burning for eight days when there was only enough for one has, for me, always been a take it or leave it notion - meaning I do not ridicule those who take this event literally. Much to my late parent's chagrin while I have always viewed the events figuratively, truth be told I did not always believe that perserverance pays off. Today I do.
The ancient Maccabeans clung to their beliefs, fought to be who they wanted to be and won. That is the lesson of Chanukah.
Today, Senator Hatch whose political philosophy is to the far right of mine did a good thing; this practicing Mormon wrote not a great song but a fun song for this, one of my favorite Jewish holidays. So there is hope that one day all of us will unite behind religious tolerance. Will give everyone including agnostics and atheists their day in the sun