The Search for Understanding
Religious beliefs provide a feeling of unity and peace for millions of people in every country around the world. Familiar narratives and symbolic observances can unite families and entire communities to focus together on positive qualities such as happiness, peace, and security.
For some people, though, a “higher power” isn’t a religion at all. Instead, they find fulfillment caring for their families or working at a career that encompasses all their time and energy.
Religion … politics … teaching? What activities empower you and make you happy?
Spirituality in the News
The celebration of the “Festival of Lights” occurs on the twenty-fifth day of the third month of the Jewish year, this year from December 13-20. Families gather to exchange gifts and play games, enjoying traditional meals of potato latkes and other fried foods.
Though most of the other traditional Jewish holidays originate within the books of the Torah, the events surrounding Hanukkah occurred in a series of battles from 161 – 167 BCE, as the Jews, led by Judas Maccabee and his brothers, rebelled against the Greek army and took control of their holy Temple in Jerusalem. A miracle was said to have occurred as the Temple was being rededicated to the Jewish people; a single flask of lantern oil illuminated the temple for eight days. The candles of the Menorah are lit in remembrance of this event.