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(also Chanukah, Channuka, etc.)


One of our favorite inspirational Hanukkah quotes:

The hardest thing about Hanukkah (Chanukkah, Channukah, Hannukah, Hammuka, Channuka) is figuring out how to spell it.
Your Humble Scribe, Miriam

Other favorite inspirational Hanukkah quotes:

Chanuka is about the spark of the divine in all of us made in God's image.
Suzanne Fields

As long as Hanukkah is studied and remembered, Jews will not surrender to the night. The proper response, as Hanukkah teaches, is not to curse the darkness but to light a candle.
Irving Greenberg

Just as Hanukkah candles are lighted one by one from a single flame, so the tale of the miracle is passed from one man to another, from one house to another, and to the whole House of Israel throughout the generations.
Judah L. Magnes

Inspirational Hanukkah quotes and miracles:

The First Blessing of the Candles

Barukh Atta Adonay Eloheynu Melekh Ha-olam Asher Kiddeshanu Be-mitsvotav Ve-tsivanu Lehadlik Ner Shel khanuka

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us by His commandments, and has commanded us to kindle the lights of Hanukkah.

The Second Blessing of the Candles

Barukh Atta Adonay Eloheynu Melekh Ha-olam She-asa Nissim La-avoteynu Ba-yyamim Ha-hem Ba-zzman Ha-zze

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who wrought miracles for our fathers in days of old, at this season.

Is not Hanukkah a symbol of Israel, and its light a symbol of his immortality?
Leo Jung

On Hanukkah, the Jew is fully prepared to believe in miracles.  He retells the story of the tiny vessel of oil which burned eight days and assures himself that when a man has faith anything can happen -- even hanukkah latkes [potato pancakes] in the jungle.
Zelda Popkin

We light candles in testament that faith makes miracles possible.
Nachum Braverman

Still ours the dance, the feast, the glorious Psalm, The mystic lights of emblem, and the Word.
Emma Lazarus, "The Feast of Lights"

Kindle the taper like the steadfast star Ablaze on evening's forehead o'er the earth, And add each night a lustre till afar An eightfold splendor shine above thy hearth.
Emma Lazarus, "The Feast of Lights"

At this time of year, when the sun is most hidden, the holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the rays of hope and light. Indeed, the physical darkness of this time of year can be a metaphor for the darkness that often envelopes us at times of illness and loss of a loved one, when the world sometimes feels dark and cold. At such times, we yearn for the sun, and the light and warmth that it provides. Often, it is through simple and unrecognized miracles that we are able to feel the warmth of hope and light.
Rabbi Rafael Goldstein

The commandment to light the Hanukkah lamp is an exceedingly precious one, and one should be particularly careful to fulfill it.  In order to make known the miracle, and to offer additional praise ... to God for the Wonders which He has wrought for us.

Blessed is the match consumed in kindling flame Blessed is the flame that burns in the secret fastness of the heart
Hannah Senesh

The miracle, of course, was not that the oil for the sacred light - in a little cruse - lasted as long as they say; but that the courage of the Maccabees lasted to this day: let that nourish my flickering spirit.
Charles Reznikoff, "Meditations on the Fall and Winter Holidays

Now, near the Winter Solstice, it is good to light candles. All the nice meanings of bringing light to the world can be beautiful. But perhaps we are concentrating on lighting the world because we don't know how to light up our own lives.
Ralph Levy, "Hanukkah - Another View"

This is my favorite inspirational Hanukkah quote:

A candle is a small thing.
But one candle can light another.
And see how its own light increases,
as a candle gives its flame to the other.
You are such a light.
Moshe Davis and Victor Ratner

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