Friday, 18 December 2015

Post-Chanukah Depression

Is anyone suffering from post-Chanukah depression? This condition is unique to Chanukah, for most other festivals have a happy ending. The story of Pesach ends with the giving of the Torah at Shavuot. The wandering in the desert, as celebrated at Sukkot, ends with the Jewish people reaching the Promised Land. On Purim the Jewish people are physically saved and the centre of Jewish life moves to Israel, where the Second Temple was taking shape.

For all the joy, miracles and salvations we experience on Chanukah, it all comes crashing down when we internalise the reality of what happened afterwards...

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