The Beatles famously crooned that they had nothing but love, “eight days a week.”
We all know, of course, that there are not literally eight days in a week. But when I was asked to write about eight separate things that I am thankful for at this time of year, the answer is always the same: the love in my life, which I receive “eight days a week.”
I am blessed to have the love of my wife and children, who give me emotional support. I am grateful for the love of our families, who extend across borders and from coast to coast. The love of our dear friends and neighbors who enrich my life is priceless. I am privileged to enjoy the love of my congregation that encourages me to strive to be the best rabbi I can be for them on a daily basis.
Health: Sure. Happiness: Absolutely. Yet, none of these would matter an iota if I lived a life that was absent of love. Love has always been and will always continue to be my life’s most precious gift, not only during Chanukah, but also the other eight days of the week.
Rabbi Dan Dorsch is the senior rabbi at Congregation Etz Chaim.