A friend posted this comment on this blog post. I think it’s a lovely sentiment to remember that this is a holiday the almost all Jews around the world celebrate, whatever their affiliation or lack of affiliation, beliefs or lack of beliefs, religious or secular. For this week, let’s put aside our differences and stop the hatred and vitrol amongst ourselves. Let these candles we light unify us and strengthen us as K’lal Yisrael – a whole People, and let us be a Light to all Peoples and Nations.
“This evening, as we go to light out menorahs, in the window, for all to see, we must remember that the world is constantly looking as us Jews. Even if you don’t believe that G-d is watching every move you make, because G-d is just not your thing, who can deny that countless beings walking this Earth would love for us to fail and or disappear altogether. Many gleam with excitement as we sling mud at each other, for it makes their jobs that much easier. May the unifying act of lighting our candles bring us closer to one another and solidify our role as a light unto the nations. Chanukah sameach! Happy Chanukah!”