How the Light of Hanukkah Was Seen in a Post-Katrina New Orleans

How the Light of Hanukkah Was Seen in a Post-Katrina New Orleans

The holiday of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, reminds people of all faiths that, in the face of darkness and despair, you can still have light and hope.

“The lights of Hanukkah come to remind us of one of the important truths of life – That no matter how dark things are, there is always hope. That even if we are down to our last drop of oil, our last ounce of energy, there is always possibility. If we are willing to act, to light that last candle, to take that one step even though we are so afraid, to engage in that one act of kindness, even if it seems as if it won’t make any difference at all. I remember when I visited New Orleans a couple of months after Hurricane Katrina and learned this truth from ordinary heroes…” WATCH the video below for more…

Wisdom of the Holidays Hanukkah from Diva Communications on Vimeo.

Wisdom of the Holidays, produced by Debra Gonsher Vinik and edited by David Vinik of Diva Communications, is a five-part web series devoted to uncovering the essential truths that the holidays hold for people of all faiths. Written and narrated by author, journalist, and radio host Rabbi Irwin Kula of the National Center for Jewish Learning and Leadership.

Other episodes in the series are Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Passover.

Wisdom of the Holidays was made possible by a grant from Odyssey Networks.

This content originally appeared in Diva Communications.


Irwin Kula

Irwin Kula is the co-founder and co-executive editor of The Wisdom Daily. A rabbi, Irwin's writing has been featured in The Huffington Post and the Washington Post. He is the author of Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life and a co-editor of The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices. Irwin has appeared on NBC's The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The O'Reilly Factor and PBS Frontline. Irwin also serves as President of Clal, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a leadership training institute, think tank and resource center in New York City.

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