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Nes Nistar from Rachel Israel Rosenfeld
Every holiday has its lessons, that once a year reminder that we have built into our calendar. Sometimes the lessons change and not everyone derives the same lesson in the same way, of course.
One of my favorite lessons of Chanukah is about the perception of miracles. Chanukah highlights 2 different kinds of miracles, the Nes Nistar (hidden miracle) and the Nes Nigleh (revealed miracle). The Nes Nigleh of Chanukah is the tiny bit of oil lasting for so long. It is a miracle that defies the laws of nature. Ramban brings that when we experience a Nes Nigleh, it serves to remind us that nature comes from Hashem. That is an idea that was missing from much of Syrian/Greek ruled Eretz Yisrael and certainly, a reminder was due and needed in that time.
We all need these reminders but I think more relevant to me, to most of us, is the recognition of the Nes Nistar. For Chanukah, this was the victory of the Chashmonayim over the Syrian Greeks. For us, it is the thousands of connections, kindnesses, "coincidences", blessings, and "near misses" that human beings have in their lives. It's the perfect timing moments that we often don't have time to appreciate fully. Just as nature comes from Hashem and can be seen as holy, so can these seemingly tiny moments with sometimes big impact.
If you are learning the parashah this week, I encourage you to look at it through this lens of miracles, which is a whole other dvar, and I wish all of us a safe and healthy Chanukah full of recognized hidden miracles and maybe a nice revealed miracle as well.
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What - Mercaz Zoom Chanukiah Lighting, Songs, Trivia Kahoot with prizes and time to shmooze
When - December 12, 2020, from 5:20 pm - 7:00 pm
Where - Zoom and in all our homes!
Why - Let's share the light!
How - Zoom
Topic: Mercaz Chanukah Lighting and Trivia
Time: Dec 12, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 867 5566 5010
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Sufganiyot with Leah Jaffee!!!
What: Join the Mercaz community on Zoom for sufganiyot making with caterer Leah Jaffee
When: December 13th at 5 pm, the 4th night of Chanukah.
Where: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87832816003 Why: Sufganiyot and learning from the best!
How: Prep your dough ahead of time and then benefit from Leah's frying and filling tips. Leah suggests rice bran oil for frying. Cash and Carry sells it by the gallon. Recipe below:
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