lit menorah with all 9 candles lit and a star of david in the middle
Photo credit: Gil Dekel/Wikimedia commons

Lori Gordon-Michaeli LCSW

Happy Chanukah, everyone! As we kindle the chanukiah and bless the candles, I write this last section in the 12 Laws:


        The most valuable rewards require persistence.


       Rewards are a direct result of the energy and effort we put into it.

Laws 11 and 12, the two final laws, speak to patience, consistency and effort. The biggest rewards usually come after we approach our goals with patience, consistency and effort!!!

In Israel, patience, consistency and effort are more challenging than in the United States — that was my experience. I would tell my friends that patience especially feels like a universal test for all of us on this planet. In Israel, patience is interrupted by a very fast-paced life, people pushing through, offensively driving, in a rush, running to catch something somewhere. Consistency and effort are interrupted with reserve duty 30 to 90 days out of the year, constant threats of personal safety everywhere you go, and getting around manipulations of people all trying to get whatever it is they want. Make no mistake, I loved living there, have many friends there and never felt more alive! How ironic.

I see these laws as applied to our goal-setting agendas. Whether it be a job choice, school, dating or any life change for that matter, these two laws will get you there.

Remember the book The Little Engine that Could? This is a perfect example of how we teach these laws to our children at such an early age.

 (The Little Engine that Could video)

On another note: Chanukah is here! We all know the story of Judah Maccabee and his war against the Romans. Judah shows us the law of patience and reward as well as significance and inspiration. These laws played a large part in his determination and success in recapturing our Temple. Outnumbered and being hunted himself, he was able, through his resolve, persistence and determination, to recapture the Temple Mount and ignite our everlasting light, which lasted the eight days it took for our people to bring in enough oil to keep it going.

So, the laws are universal throughout time.

There were many Chanukahs in Israel where we would sing the songs and remember that the Israelites throughout time had more tenacity and determination than those around them to keep our lands together, no matter who the usurper may have been, for our people, our future and our very existence to stand the course of time.

May we all have patience and determination in our pursuits and reap the rewards of our strongest efforts.

Chag Sameach,
With love and light,

Lori Gordon-Michaeli LCSW
Journey Within LLC

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