WHERE: The Renaissance Hotel, downtown Asheville.
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 24, 4-7 p.m.
WHY: Rabbi Susskind of Asheville Chabad House spoke with Xpress:
What experience do you hope visitors will have at Chanukah Live?
I hope that all visitors … will experience a fun, meaningful, warm and welcoming celebration. The theme of Chanukah Live is: "Create Light." Our goal for the evening is that participants go home inspired to create more light in their own homes and surroundings, by taking on additional acts of kindness and good deeds within their families and communities all year.
What esoteric truths does Chanukah represent that you would like to communicate to those who are unfamiliar with the holiday?
Today, to people of all faiths, the Chanukah holiday serves as a symbol and message of triumph over oppression, spirit over matter, few over many and the eternal victory of light over darkness.
Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, recalls the victory — more than 2,100 years ago — of a militarily weak but spiritually strong Jewish people over the mighty forces of an enemy that had overrun the Holy Land and threatened to engulf the land, and its people, in darkness.
The miraculous victory — culminating with the dedication of the sanctuary in Jerusalem and the rekindling of the menorah — has been celebrated annually ever since, during the eight days of Chanukah, especially by lighting the Chanukah menorah.
The menorah serves as a timely and reassuring message, for the forces of darkness are ever-present. Moreover, the danger does not come exclusively from outside. It is often close to home, in the form of the dismissal of time-honored values and principles — the foundation of a decent human society.
The Chanukah lights remind us in a most obvious way that illumination begins at home, within oneself and one’s family ... [But] the Chanukah lights illuminate the “outside” as well, symbolically alluding to the duty of each individual to bring light to those who, for one reason or another, still walk in darkness.
For more information, visit www.chabadasheville.org, or 505-0746.
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