2013-11-29 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

By Ilyassha Shivers

Well here we are, at the most joyful time of the year one song writer penned. There is so much to be thankful for I do not know where to begin. I hope everyone one has had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. And I hope everyone enjoys Black Friday as we rush to catch all the one day sales.

I am one who celebrates just as much as the next person. Before I begin I want to wish all my brothers and sisters a happy and healthy Hanukkah. I have always embraced faith and anyone and all who believe. For those who don't know, Hanukkah is about more than just lighting candles for eight nights in a row. It is about a miracle. The ancient temple in Jerusalem held an eternal flame, but after the desecration by the foreign invaders — including the sacrificing of pigs, a nonkosher animal, on the altar — only one day’s worth of purified oil remained. Yet the faithful went ahead and lighted it.

The oil burned in the rededicated temple for eight days, long enough for a new supply to arrive. Hence the practice of lighting candles for eight nights to observe Hanukkah, which means dedication in Hebrew. (Perhaps just as significantly, the reference to oil also gave rise to a holiday tradition of eating foods like potato pancakes and doughnuts that had been cooked in it. From True Meaning of Hanukkah by Lala Krieger).

I had the pleasure of meeting with our Assemblyman Mr. Goldfeder where we sat and discussed many things. Knowledge brings understanding. Understanding brings the ability to put things in perspective. We all are different, but we all are the same. There is one blood that runs through our veins and last time I checked everyone has red. So as we celebrate this holiday season respect the differences that make this the greatest country in the world.

This is a special time of the year for me as well my son Judah who celebrates his first Thanksgiving. His being alive today is a miracle. He was born with a condition called CDH which stands for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. Next week I will tell you about his journey and the wonderful doctors at New York Presbyterian Children’s Hospital. On December 3rd, Judah will be one. Please join me in wishing him a healthy and happy birthday.

As always tell me what you think. Send me your thoughts and comments to shiverswave@gmail. Thank you for your support, Happy Hanukkah. And don’t forget to read The Wave.

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