Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Chanukah: ENGAGE!

"Engage"- Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
When Captain Picard gave that order (or it is 'will give' since it takes place in the future? But I digress...) he was communicating "go ahead" or "fulfill the command I just gave".

I'd like to unpack a few definitions of the word "engage":
  1. To take part: PARTICIPATE
  2. To give attention to something
  3. To come together and interlock
    (via Merriam Webster)
We are quickly approaching Chanukah. With the first night being December 20th, it's less than 3 weeks away! That makes this the perfect time to begin to engage (give attention to) the story of Chanukah and prepare ourselves to engage (take part) in recounting the Chanukah story, lighting the Menorah and playing dreidel etc... Allow me to also point out that lighting the Menorah is a wonderful way to engage (come together with) the Jewish people worldwide and remember Hashem's mighty deliverance of his people, Israel.  

This year I was asked to to share some of my thoughts on Chanukah in an article for the Winter 2012 UMJC newsletter, and it made it on the front page!

I hope you enjoy!


Anonymous said...

Make it so, Number One.

Sorry. Couldn't resist.


Jon said...

you've got it James =-)

Judah Gabriel Himango said...

+1 for the Picard reference.

And congrats on getting on the front page of the UMJC newsletter.

Jon said...

it wouldn't do to miss an opportunity to bring TNG into the mix.

Thanks, Judah.