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The Chanukah lights

CHANUKAH 5784
SECTION D PAGE 24

Jewish . . . gentile . . . Zionist . . . religious . . . secular . . . Reform . . . Orthodox . . . Republican . . . Conservative . . . Reconstructionist . . . 
Democrat . . . independent . . . progressive . . . libertarian . . . Hillel . . . Chabad . . . black . . . white . . . Ashkenazi . . . ‘Just Jewish’ . . . Sephardi . . . traditional . . . choose any descriptor you like — they were all there, inside the Colorado Convention Center for the JNF-USA global conference.

At the closing plenary, David Yaari, vice chairman of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, shared the message that spans billboards all across Israel: B’Yachad Nitnatze’ach — Together We Will Prevail.

On a local scale and on the global scale, we have all witnessed and been part of the powerful unity that has drawn the Jewish people together since October 7. The adjective that most describes the Jewish people today — resilient — is repeated again and again. As the State of Israel 
now witnesses its greatest military mobilization to date, the Jewish people worldwide has matched it with a mobilization of the spirit.

There is no better frame of mind for entering Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, that celebrates our people’s triumph over those who sought 
to destroy us. To rob us of our identity. To shut down our commitment to the Torah.

Now we are again confronted worldwide by those who seek to extinguish our flame. Our answer? Page 10 of Section D of this newspaper tells you everything you need to know: Chanukah gatherings — including tens of public menorah lightings — celebrated by all walks of Jewish life —
all across our Rocky Mountain region, in cities large and small, by big Jewish populations and small ones.

Not only will the Jewish people not allow our light to be shut down, but we will continue to share it with the world.

B’Yachad Nitnatzeach — Together we will prevail. Happy Chanukah!

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