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The Old Variant!

Friday, 3 December, 2021 - 8:13 am

Montana is Chanukah bright! From Israelis at the Rimrock Mall in Billings to those gathered at the windy lighting at the Livingston Depot, from the MAJCO celebration with Governor Gianforte at the State Capitol to the rabbinical students enlivening Great Falls with Latkes, from the Chanukah Bash which welcomed over one hundred souls on fire at the new center to our family time around the Menorah which is always the most special… and we still have three nights to go. Darkness better run for the hills, we are illuminated and there’s no stopping us now or ever.

We as Jews have dealt with a virus of Jew hatred and forced assimilation for forever. There was the Egyptian variant that went after our babies, the Babylonian variant that went after our finest youth, the Persian variant attacking our women, the Roman variant attacking our Holy Land, the Greek's two variants messing with our minds and bodies, while the Spanish variant went after the holiness of our souls, the Cossack variant went after our villages and ranches, with the Russian variant hitting our faith in G-d and the German variant despising us entirely and trying to get rid of us all-together. Yet, we are still here because they all forgot something vital: we have a built-in antidote, the same antidote that lived within Judah the Maccabee, Queen Esther, Eli Wiesel and my buddy Howard in Billings, it’s the pure oil, the soul, that can never be broken or eliminated.

 Germany. Rachel Posner, wife of the local rabbi, snapped a photo of the family Menorah and captured the Nazi building and its dreaded flag in the background. ">She wrote a few lines in German on the back of the photo. “Chanukah, 5692. ‘Judea dies’, thus says the banner. ‘Judea will live forever’, thus respond the lights.” The variants don’t scare me, not today, not ever, we are Jewish, we are aglow, we are eternal.

I see the light!

May G-d guard our brethren in Israel and the world over from harm and send us Mashiach speedily. May G-d protect the armed forces of Israel and the United States wherever they may be. Shabbat Shalom! Chazak!!! L'Chaim!!!

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