Chanukah: First night

Years ago I found an article in the Chicago Jewish News that laid out eight gifts for Chanukah, none of which cost a thing.  I don’t know the author;  I wish I did.  But for at least a decade, our children have heard one of these every night, in no particular order.  Sometimes it was the only gift they got, but even if there was something to unwrap, they got these gifts first.  I have begun re-writing them somewhat, after all these years, with adult children and a changing community and world.

ImageTonight, the gift of LOVE

This is the first thing first.  We love you. We will always love you.  This is unconditional and non-negotiable.  Gibraltar may crumble, the Rockies may tumble, but Mom and Dad will love you always and forever, no matter what.

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2 Responses to Chanukah: First night

  1. bev katzen says:

    I have used these “gifts” for the last years. I love them. Only problem is the one on Judaism because of my son’s interfaith marriage, Oh well, we work around that. I have sent them to my children every year but I sure wish they all were on the same page so it would be easier to send. Not doing it this year, Maybe to my granddaughter who is away at college.
    Thank you for sharing,

    • anitasilvert says:

      Hi Vev. I am so glad you’ve been usi g the. You can definitely rewrite the Judaism one..maybe you haven given the gift of Judaism that is like Abraham’s open tent, welcoming. Maybe it’s the Judaism that connects him to family and tradition, if not specific observance practices. Let me know what happens!!

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