As the days get colder and darker, it’s heartwarming to know that we will soon be enjoying the light of Hanukkah once again.
The eight-day Jewish festival begins at sundown this Sunday, November 28, with the lighting of the first candle (or small receptacle of oil) on the menorah, the Hanukkah candelabrum.
So joyful is this light that during and after the seasonal meals, it is customary to stay near the menorah for as long as the candles or oil are still burning.
This has deep significance for many of our CIUSSS West-Central Montreal team, as we continue to work long shifts and make other personal sacrifices during the pandemic. It is important to keep in mind that light does exist amid the darkness and that we can look forward to times when the brightness will keep increasing with every passing day.
You may not realize it, but you yourself may seem like a beacon of light to the person to whom you have provided care or support. Each of us has power to make this world a brighter place, even during the darkest moments.
We would like to wish you, your families and your loved ones a safe and happy Hanukkah, with light that will fill the year to come.