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Why all the menorahs?

First, I am a student of world religions.  It fascinates me that the human heart, in all times, places and manners, seek to answer questions such as,  "Why am I here?"  and "What's the meaning of life?"

Secondly, I read this quote today as I was continuing through George Weigel's The End and the Beginning (it's a long quote, but a good one, so stick with me):

The divine initiatives of deliverance and salvation, the election of Israel, the covenant of the Law, prayer and worship, the privileged position of Jerusalem and the Temple - all are elements of Israel's Testament that nourish the spiritual life of Christians....We Christians and Jews are really united.  Religiously, we are intensely brothers, as we accept the same divine revelation, with the difference that Christians complete it with the paschal mystery of Jesus, which is a great novelty, but this novelty does not cancel the previous revelation, but rather highlights it....[So] this must be the truly Christian attitude:  We must consider Jews as brothers and sisters of Jesus and Mary, and therefore, elder brothers and sisters.....

- Father Albert Vanhoye, S.J., Secretary, Pontifical Biblical Commission

Whenever we humans can pray and share faith together, we should.  What was true for the Jews is true for us:  God loves us, created us to be in relationship with Him, and promises us that He will always be with us, despite our foolish and sinful ways.  If the Jews take eight days out of December to celebrate it, we should (at the very least) support them in that.

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