Rabbi Shalom Lewis's blog

Random Acts of Minty Fresh Kindness - Thursday, January 7

Thu, 01/07/2016 - 9:48am -- Rabbi Shalom Lewis

Rabbi Shalom LewisI was sitting on a red faux-leather sofa in a local restaurant after submitting our name to the list of hungry patrons.  The wait for a table, we were told, would be about fifteen minutes. Not bad. I was not famished but it had been a long day and I must have appeared somewhat bedraggled to a departing diner.

She paused, looked at me and commented, "‘You look sad."

The Reason for the Chanukah Season - Thursday, December 10

Thu, 12/10/2015 - 9:49am -- Rabbi Shalom Lewis
Rabbi Shalom Lewis
The great miracle, as expressed consistently in Chanukah liturgy, was “…the victory of the few over the many, the victory of the weak over the powerful…” 

The Maccabees' success was the central, wondrous theme of this Festival for centuries and yet, ask most people to identify the miracle and they will reply, of course, "the oil lasting eight days."


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