Hanukkah is the celebration of the inalienable right of every human being to worship according to her or his own conscience. Hanukkah commemorates the resilience of the human spirit in the face of tyranny.
True power is not be measured in magnitudes of destructive force. The power of the Spirit is measured in increments of life-giving strength.
The dehumanization or demonization of the other, whether it is of a stranger or of an enemy or of a political adversary, is the first precondition for the inhumane treatment of others.
Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 19:14; KJV)
It is I. I am he who wipes out your transgressions, and your sins I will not remember. (Isa. 43:25)
The above image shows a young refugee girl at the Suda refugee camp on the Greek island of Chios. Photograph by Mstyslav Chernov courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.