I didn’t realize until I went to the mall today that the shopping season had started in such earnest. I was really surprised to see Santa Claus sitting amidst Christmas decorations and it isn’t even Thanksgiving, at least not quite Thanksgiving. Not too far from the Christmas tree stood a rather large and stately menorah. Now some will say that a menorah doesn’t belong in a seasonal holiday display. And some will say that it is a slippery slope from the shopping mall to the public square. But I stood and watched the children and I remembered my own childhood in the South and I see other holiday displays which feature large Christmas trees and tiny Hanukkah menorahs, and I am once again reminded…
When the tree is there and the menorah is missing, the Jewish children who walk past feel left out;
When the Christmas tree looms large over the menorah, the Jewish children who walk by feel puny like the menorah;
But when Jewish children walk by and sees the menorah, large and proud, they feel the same way.