As the weather gets colder (and then warmer and then colder again) and the nights get darker, we begin to think about our Festival of Lights. In the Jewish calendar, during the darkest month of the year, we celebrate the holiday of light. We tell the stories of the Maccabees and how they fought to preserve our faith and our culture when outside forces sought to destroy it, and we stand together and light our menorahs each night to commemorate the oil that was used to rededicate the temple after they prevailed. We eagerly await the time when we play dreidel, eat jelly doughnuts, and make latkes together. And of course, we give and receive gifts in celebration. But our holiday is about more than that – its about commemorating and celebrating our history, yes, but I think its also about how we spread the light around. We place our menorahs in our window sills for our friends and neighbors to see. The lights of the candles shine brighter and brighter as the nights go by. In the days before Chanukah, I’d like to encourage each of us to think about how we can spread the light, spread the joy, spread the kindness and generosity, not only to our families and friends, but to our wider community. In this season of giving, its important to remember that though many of us sit snug in our homes with the smells of latkes wafting through the air, some of our friends and neighbors aren’t as fortunate. One way that we can share the joy of our holiday is by sharing what we have. With that in mind, the Social Justice Committee invites each of you to bring non-perishable food items to our Chanukah service and dinner on Friday, December 15, so that we can share our joy with our community. In the coming days before Chanukah, I invite each of you to consider how you can help spread the light around and make our holiday even brighter.