The pagans slowly lost transcendence in the fight for the religious hearts and souls of the early peoples. Their rituals were adopted to ease the transition. What are Christmas lights, pagan hilltop bonfires, and Hanukkah candles but a celebration of the darkest day of the year?
Rabbi Lawrence Kushner was asked by Anita Diamant to sum up the religious significance of Hanukkah.
"We watch the days grow shorter and shorter. We become frightened because it occurs to us that if this keeps up, we will all freeze to death in the dark. We light candles in a transparently symbolic attempt to get someone up there to notice - and turn on the light."
Tonight is Hanukkah's second night. I will light the candles. I will know that my soul's memory goes back thousands of years, and I will know that the light will come back.
Can I please have some snow while I am waiting?