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  • Cheryl Levine
    Hi All, Someone from another listserv I am on (World House Choir) posted these thoughts from a customer of hers and I thought they were beautiful and worth
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 21, 2013
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      Hi All,
      Someone from another listserv I am on (World House Choir) posted these thoughts from a customer of hers and I thought they were beautiful and worth passing on.

      "I imagine all or most of us understand the history of Hanukkah. I'd like to take a moment to look at it in the context of today's world and recognize its continued relevancy. This occasion celebrates the first triumph for religious freedom in the ancient history of the world. Although the holiday celebrates the military victory of the Maccabees we can also examine its significance by stressing the spiritual dimension of that revolt. Military battles come and go throughout history, but it is the triumph of the human spirit that matters most when it comes to the evolution of humankind. Hanukkah should signify something other than just military proficiency.
       
      The relevance of Hanukkah is especially poignant as we look at today's challenges. Hanukkah reminds us that the real battlefields lie in the hearts and souls of people. No military force-regardless of its size or strength can conquer that spirit. In our battle against global terrorism and religious extremism, it is important to remember that wars must be fought not only with weapons, but with ideas and ideals. Physically destroying an enemy may have negligible value, but fighting backward ideas with progressive ideas that champion the dignity of all people will ultimately yield a victory everyone can savor. In 1776 Mr. Jefferson penned that our basic human rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are those granted by G-d, not by man. We understand that and are fortunate for that. However, as we all know, in so many places of the world that is simply not the case.
       
      So on this Hanukkah celebration as we pause to light our menorahs and sing the songs of the Holiday with family and friends we should remember that the miracle of Hanukkah represents a fight that still exists in our world today and we must never forget that."
       
       

      Cheryl B. Levine, Psy.D.
      Positive Perspectives, Inc.  
      Clinical and Consulting Psychologist, Partner 

      1130 Vester Avenue, Suite C
      Springfield, OH 45503 

      680 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Road
      Fairborn, OH 45324 
       

      937.390.3800
      937.390.3804 (fax)
      www.positiveperspectivescounseling.com 

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    • Antonia Dosik
      Great piece, Cheryl. Toni On Nov 21, 2013, at 10:16 AM, Cheryl Levine wrote: Hi All, Someone from another listserv I am on (World House
      Message 2 of 3 , Nov 21, 2013
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        Great piece, Cheryl.

        Toni

        On Nov 21, 2013, at 10:16 AM, Cheryl Levine <clevineys@...> wrote:

         

        Hi All,
        Someone from another listserv I am on (World House Choir) posted these thoughts from a customer of hers and I thought they were beautiful and worth passing on.

        "I imagine all or most of us understand the history of Hanukkah. I'd like to take a moment to look at it in the context of today's world and recognize its continued relevancy. This occasion celebrates the first triumph for religious freedom in the ancient history of the world. Although the holiday celebrates the military victory of the Maccabees we can also examine its significance by stressing the spiritual dimension of that revolt. Military battles come and go throughout history, but it is the triumph of the human spirit that matters most when it comes to the evolution of humankind. Hanukkah should signify something other than just military proficiency.
         
        The relevance of Hanukkah is especially poignant as we look at today's challenges. Hanukkah reminds us that the real battlefields lie in the hearts and souls of people. No military force-regardless of its size or strength can conquer that spirit. In our battle against global terrorism and religious extremism, it is important to remember that wars must be fought not only with weapons, but with ideas and ideals. Physically destroying an enemy may have negligible value, but fighting backward ideas with progressive ideas that champion the dignity of all people will ultimately yield a victory everyone can savor. In 1776 Mr. Jefferson penned that our basic human rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are those granted by G-d, not by man. We understand that and are fortunate for that. However, as we all know, in so many places of the world that is simply not the case.
         
        So on this Hanukkah celebration as we pause to light our menorahs and sing the songs of the Holiday with family and friends we should remember that the miracle of Hanukkah represents a fight that still exists in our world today and we must never forget that."
         
         

        Cheryl B. Levine, Psy.D.
        Positive Perspectives, Inc.  
        Clinical and Consulting Psychologist, Partner 

        1130 Vester Avenue, Suite C
        Springfield, OH 45503 

        680 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Road
        Fairborn, OH 45324 
         

        937.390.3800
        937.390.3804 (fax)

        Email is not secure,
        may not be read every day,
        and should not be used for urgent concerns. 


         


      • Larry Turyn
        Please consider signing a petition urging Amazon.com to not profit from the sale of anti-Semitic literature and thus that they should remove such literature
        Message 3 of 3 , Nov 26, 2013
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          Please consider signing a petition urging Amazon.com to not profit from the sale of anti-Semitic literature and thus that
          they should remove such literature from their website.


          http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/amazon-campaign/take-action?utm_source=World+Jewish+Congress&utm_campaign=31c251ee72-amazon_131125&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b9d3d6f643-31c251ee72-34475613


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          Hi All,Someone from another listserv I
          am on (World House Choir) posted these thoughts from a
          customer of hers and I thought they were beautiful and worth
          passing on.
          "I imagine all or
          most of us understand the history of Hanukkah. I'd like
          to take a moment to look at it in the context of today's
          world and recognize its continued relevancy. This
          occasion celebrates the first triumph for religious freedom
          in the ancient history of the world. Although the holiday
          celebrates the military victory of the Maccabees we can also
          examine its significance by stressing the spiritual
          dimension of that revolt. Military battles come and go
          throughout history, but it is the triumph of the human
          spirit that matters most when it comes to the evolution of
          humankind. Hanukkah should signify something other than
          just military proficiency. The relevance of Hanukkah is
          especially poignant as we look at today's
          challenges. Hanukkah reminds us that the real
          battlefields lie in the hearts and souls of people. No
          military force-regardless of its size or strength can
          conquer that spirit. In our battle against global
          terrorism and religious extremism, it is important to
          remember that wars must be fought not only with weapons, but
          with ideas and ideals. Physically destroying an enemy may
          have negligible value, but fighting backward ideas with
          progressive ideas that champion the dignity of all people
          will ultimately yield a victory everyone can savor. In 1776
          Mr. Jefferson penned that our basic human rights of
          life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are those granted
          by G-d, not by man. We understand that and are fortunate for
          that. However, as we all know, in so many places of the
          world that is simply not the
          case. So on
          this Hanukkah celebration as we pause to light our menorahs
          and sing the songs of the Holiday with family and
          friends we should remember that the miracle of
          Hanukkah represents a fight that still exists
          in our world today and we must never forget
          that."  
          Cheryl B. Levine, Psy.D.
          Positive Perspectives,
          Inc.  Clinical and Consulting Psychologist,
          Partner 
          1130 Vester Avenue,
          Suite C
          Springfield, OH 45503 
          680 E. Dayton
          Yellow Springs Road
          Fairborn, OH
          45324  
          937.390.3800
          937.390.3804 (fax)www.positiveperspectivescounseling.com 

          Email
          is not secure,may not be
          read every day,and
          should not be used for urgent
          concerns. 

           
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