Hope and Risk: Reflections on Hanukkah

Posted by December 19, 2017 • Share:

Albert Einstein once said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

As the story of Hanukkah goes, the Jews only had enough sacred oil to last for one day. Yet miraculously, the oil burnt for eight. Rabbi David Hartman proclaims that the miracle of Hanukkah isn’t that the oil lasted for eight days, but rather that our ancestors lit the first candle at all.

The Jews were not certain that the light would shine long enough to complete the rededication of the Temple, but they took the chance. Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of human courage and empowers us to take risks for the future.

At camp, we guide our kids to take healthy risks, even if it may result in failure. Whether it’s attempting a challenging new skill on the field, performing in the talent show, or actually going to camp for the first time, our campers learn that every risk comes with the reward of a vital learning experience.

So as the days grow shorter and the air chills, the celebration of Hanukkah reminds us to rededicate ourselves and rekindle the flame of hope.

From our family to yours, Happy Hanukkah!

The JCC Maccabi Sports Camp Team