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This year, like every year, we light candles on each night of the eight days of Chanukah. In ordinary times, candle lighting is a ritual filled with joy and light, something done together with family and friends. Since we cannot all celebrate together with our entire families and communities this year, here are eight tips to brighten this Chanukah holiday:
#1: תפסת מועט תפסת – “If you have seized a little, you have seized” (Rabbi Akiva)
This year, we are not able to do and teach everything that we have come to expect in a “normal” year. Cut back on your plans and expectations, and let your small achievements be sufficient and meaningful.
#2: See the light at the end of the tunnel
Even when our spirits are low due to all of the restrictions and challenges we have to face, it is important to see the positive aspects of what we have in our lives. Look for the new opportunities this period can offer you. Appreciate what you have done well and reflect on what you can do better under these unique circumstances.
#3: Bring light into the lives of others
Sometimes, people don’t need advice, a solution, or an answer. More often than not, they simply require that we listen. When we listen to our friends, family, and colleagues at work, we offer them comfort and support, brightening their day.
#4: It’s always darkest before the dawn
Whenever we feel overwhelmed by our problems, it is best to divide and conquer. When we deal with our problems one at a time, they become much more manageable and the situation begins to feel less dire.
#5: Focus on finding the light inside yourself in order to help others
Where you succeed, so, too, can others. Investing in yourself and being conscious of your own needs will encourage those around you to do the same.
#6: Go out into the sunlight
With all of the restrictions and regulations in place, it’s important to find ways to get out and do things that make you happy.
#7: Slow down
Lower expectations and go easier on yourself. We are going through a time of change where we need to learn to think, act, and react differently. Be patient and give yourself time to adjust.
#8: Follow your guiding light
Don’t give up on the ideals that are important to you, rather find new ways to incorporate them into your new daily routine. Now is the time to be creative and to think outside of the box!
Wishing you all a happy Chanukah filled with light and joy,