A Bisl Torah

True Colors

Our incredibly soulful Sinai Temple Director of Musical Engagement, Jacob Gown led our preschoolers in a Channukah celebration. Among traditional songs, he sang “True Colors”, most notably performed by Cyndi Lauper. Jacob explained that during Channukah, we should use the light of the Channukiah to remind us to see our light, allowing our true colors to shine brightly through the world.

How often have we heard the phrase, “Be yourself.” But do we mean it? Be yourself…but don’t wear that. Be yourself…but don’t cause a raucous. Be yourself…but only to the extent that it is good for the crowd. Be yourself…but hold back just a little.

The Channukah candles teach the true meaning of showing one’s colors. If the candles blend into one solitary light, the commandment is incomplete. The candles should be in a straight line so that we see each candle standing on its own. The light comes from individual wicks, offering unique sparks to counter the darkness of the night.

Do you suppress who you are? Do you allow your full light to shine?

Do we suppress each other’s light? Or do we allow each other to flourish as we should?

But I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful
Like a rainbow.

What’s so wrong with letting someone’s light shine through?

Shabbat Shalom and Happy Channukah

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