Hello again and welcome to this week's edition of Laura's Links, coming to you straight from southern Ontario within the ever Deranged Dominion, and just in time for the first candle of Chanukah tonight.
As you may or may not know, this holiday is about light triumphing over darkness and about faith, and about Jewish values triumphing over godlessness, among other things. Each night of Chanukah another candle is added, increasing the light and increasing the goodness. I previously mentioned a Rabbi who said that the Jewish response to October 7 is not "why", but "what" – what can I do as an individual, what can we do as a community, as a people, to defeat the darkness and bring more goodness and light into the world? Chanukah is a chance to do that, quite literally, with candles.
Jewish or not, it's up to all of us individually to figure out our own "what".
I was watching an Israeli television show earlier this week with Mr. C and there were two men having a conversation: one was heaping praise on the second guy for his generosity. Apparently, the second fellow (I can't remember his name unfortunately) works in the make-up and cosmetic industry, but his real passion is giving. He said he learned from his father that "giving feels good". That's the message that they heard in their house and those were his marching orders for life.
They were talking about the various individuals and organizations that this fellow supported, and then he went quiet for a moment and acknowledged that he does give a lot, but said quietly that you don't have to have a lot to give a lot.
Mr. C and I just looked at each other and said "he's right" at the same time. We were both humbled by the simplicity and sincerity of that message. Giving is not always about money and there are so many situations that no amount of money will fix. Giving of time, kind words, encouragement, a meal, tutoring, a phone call, a check in, babysitting for a new mom – there are infinite ways of giving and adding light to darkness that are not monetary.
Whatever we can give we should. Whatever makes us uniquely us is part of our mission on earth and it is precisely that which should guide us toward what we ought to be giving of ourselves to make the world a better place.
Here's hoping and praying that the miracle of Chanukah and the bright light of the candles will bring goodness into our world. We need it so badly.
Like last week, I have a little bunch of stories and links that are too good (or too bad) to get lost in the shuffle, so I'm stuffing them up here. First, Caroline Glick on the absolutely appalling head of Israeli military intelligence who has to go.
Lastly, a shameless plug for my own personal nomination for Man of the Year at Newsweek with soooper doooper apologies to Mark, and I totally swear that I have not received any conflicting offer to be the Official In-House Jewish Mother at X, that's totally completely NOT a thing.
Happy Chanukah to all our Jewish readers around the world and please keep the peace of Jerusalem in your prayers.
This is happening because your leaders want it to be happening.
The future of North America.
Israel and Jews:
Douglas Murry: A War Diary
"I just watched the roughly 45-minute footage of October 7th at a private screening in NYC. Here are my immediate thoughts minutes after watching it..."
The Great Walkbackening, Accounting and Reckoning:
The proper response to this is: up yours.
What would we do without research? "Conclusions Real-world effectiveness of child mask mandates against SARS-CoV-2 transmission or infection has not been demonstrated with high-quality evidence. The current body of scientific data does not support masking children for protection against COVID-19."
The Formerly Great Britain:
Oh, I see. Well that's helpful.
Eurabia: Oh, I see, they just died. I wonder what they died from? And why? Passive voice, guilty conscience, rotten soul.
Dangerous, Evil Kooks:
They will keep doing this until they are stopped.
"Every bag of flour is cross-referenced.
Mitchell Robinson: mensch
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