I haven’t yet met a mother whose heart doesn’t skip a beat when her kids start moving out of the house. You tuck in the others, check all the beds and feel that sharp twinge at spotting the empty ones.

This Chanuka we are, for the first time, ‘down two’. We lit just some of the menorahs set up last night, and made a conference call to wish number four happy birthday all together. I know you’re nodding your heads and understanding the feeling, yet I share this not to commiserate but to remind ourselves of the good part – the power of one.

We strive to do good in this world – to figure out our unique part and try to play it to the fullest. Repeat this to yourself when you peek at the emerging adults who were once completely dependent on you. Hopefully you are as proud as we are, of our soldier-girls who’ve found a way to synthesize their religious beliefs with a zionist ideology of giving back to society.

One candle lights an entire darkness. One person makes all the difference in another’s life. And one child can grow into the pride and joy of a Jewish family, on any given day. Thankful to our maker for this realization and looking forward to all the rest!

In celebration of our Festival of Lights and the passing of time as we grow older and wiser – happy Chanukah!

p.s. and just for laughs, enjoy this Adam Sandler holiday classic: