when i was a sophomore in high school, i decided i wanted to be jewish.  the father of one of my jewish friends became my mentor, inviting me over to celebrate hanukkah with their family, loaning me books on jewish history, even gave me my own yarmulke.  better yet, he introduced me to fiddler on the roof!!   this went on for a year or so before i became more interested in my boyfriend than religion….   however, seeing the “old testament” from the jewish perspective completely changed my attitude toward christianity and their interpretation of the jewish texts.   it sparked my interest in biblical archaeology and gave me a life-long mission to understand how jesus worshipped, how he viewed his heavenly father, and how he viewed himself.  

  Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has kept us alive,  and has preserved us, and enabled us to reach this time… 

happy hanukkah!!