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Let Your Light Shine!

Hanukkah 2017 is here, so, Hanukkah Sameach! As you enjoy the festivities of the holiday season, we wanted to give you a glimpse into the Jewish holiday which is steeped in tradition, not unlike Christmas. Both Hanukkah and Christmas give us reason to pause, reflect, practice gratitude and let our lights shine!

In our commercialized society, pausing in ritualized remembrance may require a dedicated time slot on the daily calendar. Making time to pause is critical to maintaining good mental health, especially during this joyful, yet stressful time of year.

What are your rituals? How do you pause in mindful contemplation during the holidays? Please share in the comments below this post.

If you’d like to learn more about Hanukkah, Tatjana Lichtenstein, an associate professor of history and director of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, has a recent articlein Fortune.

May you be blessed with peace and good health during Hanukkah and always. During your pause time, please remember the families that have been impacted by substance use disorders and addiction.

Let your light shine!