We don't celebrate Hanukkah every year. But this year, my gentile husband and I both agreed, almost without discussion, that we would. We keep it simple. After we light the candles on the advent wreath, and pray and sing, we borrow the flame and light the shamash candle and then the rest of the candles for the rest of the days of Hanukkah. The wreath on the table burns, and the menorah burns on the windowsill, their light doubled and tripled in the insulating glass.
How strange it is to stand for a minute between these two lights, the light of Advent steadily growing as we look forward to Christmas, and forward to the Second Coming -- but unmistakably, there is an older part to...READ MORE