Miketz (Chanukah)

Channukah candles are required to be lit on the threshold of the home. The lighting is a performative act, a declaration of faith and pride to the world outside; yet a performance requires a performer, the lighter has to be someone and have something to say. This dialectic of inside and out takes place symbolically every Channukah on the threshold of the home, and every day of our lives too. Joseph, whose name can mean ‘boundary’ (saf), is always between worlds: between dreams and reality, mystery and understanding, power and powerlessness, family and loneliness. Those brave enough to stand on these thresholds, embracing paradox, put themselves at risk. From these places, though, one can create, teach and sustain the world.

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[Inspired by: Jeune Homme à la fenêtre by Gustave Caillebotte; ‘Lighting the openings’ by Rabbi Shimon Gershon Rosenberg (‘Shagar’); Genesis 41; and the ever-intriguing story ‘The Winged Guest‘ by Rebbe Nachman of Breslev.]

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