Halacha matters: Fighting the dark after the festival of light

Growth, transformation and renewal can take place on numerous levels only when we appreciate that transitions are often an opportunity.

By NECHAMA GOLDMAN BARASH
December 21, 2017 18:16
4 minute read.
SKIERS RIDE a ski lift on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights

SKIERS RIDE a ski lift on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights. (photo credit: REUTERS/NIR ELIAS)

Hanukka ended this week and with it the frenzy of doughnuts, parties and presents. Nonetheless, the little candles flickering in the darkness will be sorely missed, especially as we head into the darkest and coldest days of winter.

The winter solstice of 2017 occurred on December 21 at 6:28 p.m. Israel time. The solstice takes place on the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, when the Earth is tilted farthest away from the sun, signaling the onset of winter.

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