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To Monica - May We All Celebrate Hanukkah

"We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way."

-- George S. Patton


December is a month of celebration in many ways. Many refer to it as the “holiday season” where a big emphasis has been placed on commercialization of the holy days. This year, I met an incredible woman named Monica. She is Jewish and in our conversations we discussed Hanukkah, which began this week, and it was her passion for her Jewish faith and heritage that inspired me to dig further into what Hanukkah truly represents. Hanukkah is a time of celebration of Jewish valor against overwhelming odds. Hanukkah means “dedication,” and is the festival that commemorates the purification and rededication of the Temple following the Greek occupation of that holy place. Today, the holiday reminds Jews to rededicate themselves to keeping alive the flame of Jewish religion, culture, and peoplehood so that it may be passed on to the next generation. On holy days, we are called to pause and reflect on the profound blessings that surround us. Through introspection, we gain a deeper understanding of our purpose and the immense love that the universe bestows upon us. This sacred time offers us the chance to acknowledge our flaws, seek forgiveness, and realign our intentions with our spiritual aspirations. As we delve into the depths of self-reflection, we unlock the potential to grow, evolve, and experience true inner peace. It is also a time of recognizing miracles.



Originally, the eight-day holiday was intended to parallel the eight-day festival of Sukkot. There is a legend associated with Hanukkah and according to the legend, when the Maccabees entered the Temple and began to reclaim it from the Greeks, they immediately relit the ner tamid, which burned constantly in the Temple and has a parallel in synagogues to this day. In the Temple, they found a single jar of oil, which was sufficient for only one day. The messenger who was sent to secure additional oil took eight days to complete his mission, and miraculously, the single jar of oil continued to burn until his return. The rabbis of the Talmud attributed the eight days of Hanukkah to the miracle of this single jar of oil.


Dear Angels, miracles happen every day in our lives. Some become well-known and reinforce our beliefs in a higher power who shows us love and support. We celebrate these miracles through holy days as we connect with the divine energy that permeates the universe. Through prayer, meditation, and rituals, we create sacred spaces within ourselves where we can commune with a higher power. These spiritual practices allow us to experience a profound sense of peace, tranquility, and inner harmony. As we surrender to the divine presence, we cultivate a deep trust that guides us towards our highest potential, providing solace during challenging times and inspiring us to embrace the beauty of life.


Dear Ones, observing holy days offers a path of inspiration and transformation. By embracing sacred reflection, gratitude, divine connection, and unity, your souls are nurtured. Embark on this journey with open hearts and minds, ready to be inspired by the profound wisdom and love that holy days bring. This is a time of remembrance. Allow these sacred moments guide you towards a life filled with purpose, peace, and an unwavering faith in the power of the Divine. Recognize during the celebrations the interconnectedness of all beings. These moments of unity are an opportunity to extend compassion, kindness, and understanding towards others. By embracing the core teachings of your respective faiths and honoring the sacredness in every individual, you contribute to creating a world filled with love, harmony, and peace.


Dear Angels, thank you. I love you. Namaste y’all.


Today, I promise to observe the holy days with reverence and a renewed faith in the Divine.


Teri Angel is a Happiness Coach, energy healer, best-selling author, spiritual teacher and mentor, and a motivational speaker. Teri’s movement “Peas For Peace” involves strengthening our awareness of the oneness of all, unifying mankind through compassion, peace, love and joy. She was named "She Who Blesses the Sacred Land" during the Peace On Earth Tour and embraces that title with loving grace. Teri is also the co-founder of the global movement and non-profit organization Ten Million For World Peace.


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