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Chanukah's Glow

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Visitor Comments: 21

(20) Iris Moskovitz, June 18, 2009 7:41 PM

Beautiful ,well spoken presentation.

As a young child, I remember how I felt pride when my zaidy would light the menorah, and recite the brachos so meaningfully. My gentile neighbors always would be so impressed to hear a 10 year old give an explanation for the lighting of the menorah. They would let me know that they really did not understand the whole "story" behind their X-Mas holiday. This made me feel super proud that what we were doing actually had a meaning behind it. Thanks for allowing me to relive my youth. All the best-Bis 120,Lori.

(19) Anonymous, December 30, 2008 9:31 PM

very moving

A very touching remembrance. Though a Christian, I am moved at Channukah and by Lori's wonderful story. I have many fond memories of seeing the Channukah lights in neighbors' homes. Another story on the site teels of the feeling of kinship one Jewish chiled felt with a friend's family down the street - the only two homes with 8 candles in the widows.. Channakuh is an inspiration to all that Israel is Light to the nations..... Lori's mention of the 8 days fom gift broguht back fond memories. While growing up, I had a best friend who was Jewish and he good-naturedly ribbed me that he had 8 days of gifts and I only had one, etc. Indianapolis in the 1960's was not without prejudice and my friend's family could not join a private swim club, but we enjoyed taking him as a guest more often then allowed.... :-) It is too bad that the "Macy's" aspect of Christmas and rampant commercialism has overhshadowed the true meaning of Christmas (insert Linus' soliqouy from Charlie Brown Christmas cartoon) Let us rejoice each other's lights....

(18) Monica, December 25, 2008 8:08 PM

That was wonderful!

Your commentary was wonderful! It made me cry with joy! I feel exactly the same way you do ... Thank you for expressing it so well ...Wishing you a glorious Chanukah filled with light ...

(17) D'vora Gelfond, December 25, 2008 3:23 PM


Lori, once again you bring things right to the point in such a beautiful inspiring way. Right across the street we have a big display of x-mas lights. Right next door to them is my friends house with their menorahs. After we lit ours the second night, I looked out the window and said to my kids...Look at our friends menorahs, we can see it from here!! They got so excited and didn't even comment on the x-mas lights. It was because of this video that I thought to look for their menorahs and show my kids. We then called our friends and left them a hearty happy Chanukah on their machine. Thank you!

(16) Odelia, December 24, 2008 8:01 AM

Thank you for giving me something to think about as I light the candles tonight

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