Listening to Doug Jones last night offering a Happy Hanukah to his supporters was a very cool moment. His acknowledgement of the African American and Latino communities, women and just about everyone feeling disenfranchised by the "other" side was menschlich and sounded heartfelt. To hear and see someone who glows with the lights of the season is exactly what we need. There are many who consider his victory a miracle.
This week's Parsha, Miketz, is the story of Joseph, dwelling in darkness in the dungeons of Egypt. In his aloneness, he discovers the Divine, gains the wisdom to interpret dreams, to learn from his own dreams and, ultimately, to be invited to help the hedonistic Pharoah interpret his nightmares.
Joseph counseled the Pharoah and raises his consciousness to the point where he is radically changed for the better. As a result, Joseph is elevated to the position of Pharoah's minister of State affairs. We should be so lucky.
Now, we the people are being called upon to bring our collective wisdom to the seats of power today.
Come for Shabbes of Hanukah this Saturday morning at Cedar Lane. We will have a special Hanukah luncheon in celebration of heritage and community. May the Lights of Hanukah inspire hope. Blessings, brachot, Reb David