Seeking Enlightenment

18 Jun

This entire week, we have been surrounded by the “Festival of Lights” in Jerusalem’s old city.  It is beautifully done, with several light paths meandering around the old city walls and into its alleyways, all cleverly laid out with various bulbs and projected images.  But, you know what?  There is no Jewish content in these lights and projections.  Why not inject a wee bit of Jewish content into the festival?  Isn’t that what we, the Jews are all about, illuminating and shedding light?  Directly in front of our headquarters, in the Hurva Square and in the shadow of the Hurva Shul, is an illuminated deck of playing cards, with nothing but the most cursory reference to anything Jewish.  What are the festival designers afraid of, that in the most Jewish quarter of the most Jewish city in the world, someone might actually receive a bit of Jewish knowledge?  The light show is a great vehicle for instruction, but if we don’t add some illumination to the lights, they are nothing but empty vessels.  Next year, let’s add some illumination to the light festival, shall we?  To shed some light on the weekly Torah portion, go to  For some light on Jewish meditation and prayer, check out  For just some local Jerusalem information, have a look at  And if all that is not good enough for you, pick up some more tidbits at and at   Plenty for everyone… 

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