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What the menorah said to the x-mas tree

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What the menorah said to the x-mas tree
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Rabbi Herbert Baumgard Sermons
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Baumgard, Herbert M. (1920-2016)
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Beth Am
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WHAT THE MENORAH SAID TO THE XMAS TREE A sermon for young people, prepared for Temple Beth Am, Miami, 1967 (Xmas comes one day before Chanukah this year) Rabbi Herbert M. Baumgard, D.HoL. Temple Beth Am, Miami, Florida THE MENORAH AND THE CHRISTMAS TREE STOOD SIDE BY SIDE IN THE STORE WINDOW. IT WAS THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS, AND Ttffi TREE LOOKED LOVELY WITH ALL OF ITS DECORATIONS. THE MENORAH SEEMED VERY BARE '. INDEED 9 DES IDE THE TREE. IT D IDN 'T EVEN HAVE ANY CANDLES IN FOR IT WAS NOT YET TIME FOR CHANUKAH WHICH DID NOT COME THIS YEAR UNTIL THE NIGHT OF DECEMBER 26th. THE CHRISTMAS TREE HAD THE RIGHT TO BE PROUD OF ITSELF. IT WAS FULL OF FLASHING TINSEL. AND BRIGHT RED BALLS, AND AT THE VERY TOP, IT HAD A LARGE SILVER STAR. UNTIL THIS NIGHT, THE MENORAH HAD BEEN KEPT SEPARATE FROM THE TREE, BUT THEY HAD BEEN BROUGHT TOGETHER SINCE CHANUKAH WOULD COME IN A FEW HOURS 0 THE MENORAH LOOKED UP AT THE TREE AND STARTED A CONVERSATION. "I KNOW YOUR )JJ\ME 9" SAID THE MENORAH, "BUT WHERE DO YOU COME FROM?". .. I COME FROM NEW ENGLAND, fI REPLIED THE TREE, UFROM THE STATE OF MAINE; Bur MY GRANDPARENTS CAME FROM NORTHERN EUROPE". "HOW INTERESTING," SAID THE MENORAH, "MY GRANDPARENTS CAME FROM EUROPE TOO; BUT THE IR GRANDPARENTS CAME FROM THE LAND OF ISRAEL, FROM THE HOLY LAND. It "OH, ITS TOO WARM IN THE HOLY LAND FOR XMAS TREES, 11 SAID THE TREE.. "MY GRAND PARENTS COULD NEVER HAVE LIVED THERE. IT MUST BE COLD FOR OUR KIND OF TREE TO GET ALONG 0" THEN, THE XMAS TREE SAID SOMETHING THAT THE MENORAH HAD NEVER KNOWN BEFORE 0 "YOU KNOW," SAID THE TREE, "I WAS NOT ALWAYS CALLED A 'XMAS TREE .,'n.u "REALLY,n REPLIED THE ME NOR AI1, SURPRISED. nOH, NO," SAID THE TREE. tlMY GRANDPARENTS HAD THE NAME OF YULE TREE 0 ACTUALLY, WE WERE NEVER PART OF THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY UNTIL RECENT TIMES. HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO, WE WERE PART OF THE HOLIDAY OF THE PAGANS. U "THE PAGANS, 11 ASKED THE MENORAH, "WHO WERE THEy".7 "OH, THEY WERE PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN NORTHERN EUROPE," ANSWERED THE TREE. "THEY WORSHIPPED MANY GODS. AT LEAST, THEY THOUGHT THERE WERE MANY GODS. AT THIS WINTER SEASON IN THE COLD COUNTRY, 11 SAID THE TREE, "WHEN THE DAYS BEGAN TO GET A LITTLE LONGER, THE PAGANS USED TO HAVE A HOL IDAY. THEY WOULD TAKE A WHEEL, LIGHT IT WITH FIRE, AND SEND IT ROLLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN. SOME OF THE PAGANS WOULD CUT DOWN A TREE LIKE ME AND PUT IT IN THE IR HOUSE. IT WASN1T UNT IL RECENTLY," SAID THE TREE, lITHAT I CAME TO BE CALLED A 'CHRISTfv1AS TREE' INSTEAD OF A 'YULE TREE to" "THAT'S VERY INTERESTING, U SAID THE MENORAH THOUGHTFULLY 9 "Bur I CAN'T REMEMI3ER WHEN MY FAMILY EVER HAD A NAME OTHER THAN 'MENORAH'. OUR NAME GOES ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE BIBLE 0 WHY, THE TEMPLE OF SOLOMON HAD A MENORAH IN IT AND THE MACCABEES MADE A SPECIAL KIND OF MENORAH 2200 YEARS AGO BY PUTTING ON THE SPEARS THEY CAPTURED FROM THE SYRIANS OF THAT DAY. EVER SINCE THAT tum UiNG AGO IN THE LAND THAT IS NOW CALLED ISRAEL, WE MENORAHS HAVE BEEN PART OF THE HOLIDAY CALLED CHANUKAH."

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What the menorah said to the Xmas tree Page 2 THE MENORAH GOT SOME SATISFACTION FROM THE FACT THAT HIS WAS OLDER THAN THE CHR ISTMAS TREE. EVEN THOUGH THE MENORAH DIDN'T LOOK SO PRETTY W ITHOtIT HIS CANDLES, J HE SUDDENLY FELT VERY PROUD AS HE THOUGHT OF THE FIRST TIME CHANUKAH WAS CELEBRATED. HIS GRANDFATHER HAD TOLD HIM THE STORY OF THE FIRST CHANUKAH. HE ASKED THE XMAS TREE IF HE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR THE STORY. THE TREE REPLIED THAT HE WOULD BE DELIGHT ... ED. THE MENORAH DEGAN IN THIS WAY. n2200 YEARS AGO 9" HE SA ID, uTHE KING OF THE SYRIANS TOLD THE JEWS THAT THEY COULDN1T WORSHIP THEIR GOD IN THEIR VERY OWN TEMPLE. HE WANTED THE JEWS TO BOW DOWN TO HIM AND TO WORSHIP HIM AS GOD. THE JEWS REFUSED TO DO SO, FOR THEY BELIEVED THAT NO ONE MAN COULD BE GOD. EVEN THOUGH THEY DIDN'T HAVE MUCH TO FIGHT WITH, THEY QUICKLY GOT TOGETHER A SMALL BAND OF SOLDIERS LED BY JUDAH THE MACABBEE. THERE WERE MANY MORE SYR IAN SOLDIERS THAN THERE WERE JEWISH SOLDIERS. THE SYR IANS EVEN HAD ELEPHANTS TO USE LIKE SOLDIERS USE TANKS TODAY. SOMEHOW, THE JEWISH SOLDIERS WERE ABLE TO WIN. EVERYONE THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT MIRACLE. THE JEWS TOOK BACK THE IR TEMPLE. THEY MADE A NEW MENORAH TO STAND IN THE TEMPLE, AND THE JEWS WORSH IPPED THE IR GOD IN FREEDOM ONCE AGA IN. THE MENORAH GREW MORE AND MORE EXCITED AS HE TOLD THE STORY. ttMY GRANDFATHER TOLD ME, tf THE MENORAH CONT INUED, ttTHAT CANDLES ARE KINDLED IN THE MENORAH AT CHANUKAH TIME TO REMIND THE JEWS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM." "GEE," SAID THE CHR ISTMAS TREE, "YOU CERTA INLY HAVE A WONDERFUL STORY TO TELL. I THOUGHT I WAS OLD UNTIL YOU TOLD ME YOUR STORY. I GUESS YOU'D HAVE TO SAY THI\T 11M A MODERN INVENTION, AND YOU'RE A REAL OLD-TIMER. SAY, WHAT'S HAPPENING TO YOU, NOW 1" AT THIS POINT IN THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN THE BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED TREE AND THE LITTLE MENORAH, SOMETHING DRAMATIC HAPPENED. IT WAS SUNDOWN ON THE DAY OF DECEMBER 26th, 1967 (OR THE YEAR 5728 BY THE JEWISH CALENDAR.) THE CHANUKAH HOLIDAY WAS BEGINNING, AND ONE OF THE JEWISH SALES-GIRLS IN THE STORE PLACED SOME BEAUTIFUL CANDLES IN THE CUPS OF THE MENORAH. SHE PLACED, FIRST "N ORANGE CANDLE IN THE MIDDLE CUP, THEN ,A GREEN CANDLE NEXT TO IT, AND' THEN, A BLUE ONE THEN, A RED ONE THEN, A GOLD ONE, AND SO ON, UNTIL THERE WERE EIGHT CANDLES IN ALLo SUDDENLY 9 THE MENORAH, WHICH HAD SEEMED SO PLAIN STANDING THERE BESIDE THE TREE, BECAME SOMETHING OF OlIfSTANDING BEAUTY. THE YOUNG LADY PICKED UP THE MENORAH, PLACED IT ON A HIGH TABLE, AND PROCtE:-.'RD; TO LIGHT THE CENTER CANDLE, AS SHE SANG A LITTLE BLESS ING. THE CANDLE BURST INTO FLt\ME, AND THE LIGHT REFLECTED OVER TO THE METAL OF THE MENORAH, WHICH NOW SEEMED TO BE SHINING ALL OVER. THE YOUNG LADY BEGAN TO SING A SONG THAT BEGAN WITH THE WORDS, tlROCK OF AGES". IT WAS A SONG ADDRESSED TO THE ONE, LIVING GOD. IT WAS A SONG ABOUT A GLORIOUS FIGHT FOR FREEDOM THAT TOOK PLACE LONG AGO; BUT WHEN THE LlillY SANG THE SONG, SHE SEEMED TO BE THINKING, ALSO, ABOm A BATTLE THAT TOOK PLACE ONLY YESTERDAY. AS THE YOUNG LPJ)Y SANG HER SONG, THE MENORAH DEAMED WITH HAPPINESS. HE THOUGHT OF ALL THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MENORAHS THAT BEING LIT IN JEWISH HOMES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD THAT EVENING, IN MEXICO AND IN CHILE 9 IN FRANCE AND IN ISRAELo HE THOUGHT OF ALL THE LIGHTS BEING LIT AROUND THE WORLD AND OF MAN'S STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM THAT GOES ON AT ALL TIMES. RAYS OF JOY SHONE FROM THE FACE OF THE MENORAH AND TEARS COULD BE SEEN THERE, TOO.; TEARS FOR HUMAN SUFFERING, FOR THE PAIN THAT MEN CflUSE ONE ANOTHER, TEARS FOR THE SOLDIERS WHO HAVE TO DIE IN WARS THAT NEED NOT BE FOUGHT IF

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What the menorah said to the Xmas tree page 3 MEN WOULD LOVE EACH OTHER A LITTLE MORE. THE MENORAH WAS BOTH SAD AND JOYFUL, BUT MOST OF ALL, HE WAS JOYFUL, FOR THE HOLIDAY OF CHANUKAH WAS BEGINNING, AND HE KNEW THAT JUST AS ONE OF HIS CANDLES WAS LIT TONIGHT, SO TWO CANDLES WOULD DE LIT TOMORROW 7 THREE CANDLES ON THE NEXT DAY, AND SO ON 7 UNTIL ALL OF HIS EIGHT. CANDLES WERE LIT. THE MENORAH FELT WONDERFUL ALREADY, BUT HE KNEW THAT HE WOULD FEEL EVEN BETTER WITH EACH NEW DAY OF THE HOLIDAY. HE COULD ALREADY IMAGINE THE EIGHTH DAY WHEN ALL OF HIS BODY WOULD BE AGLOW WITH MANY COLORED C ANDLES AND DANCING LIGHTS., THE CHRISTMAS TREE WATCHED AS THE FIRST CANDLE WAS BEING LIT AND THOUGHT TO ITSELF, "HOW BEAUTIFUL, AND HOW MUCH ALIVE IS THAT Cl\NDLE." THE TREE THOUGHT ALSO THAT IN JUST A FEW DAYS !I HE !I THE TREE, NOULD BE THROWN AWAY TO DIE IN THE TRASH HEAP. BUT HE KNEW THE MENORAH WOULD GO ON LIVING AND TELLING HIS STORY. MANY CHR ISTMAS TREES WOULD COME AND GO, Bur THIS MENORAH WOULD GO ON FOREVER, AT LEAST, HE WOULD GO ON LIV ING SO LONG t-\S THEIlE WERE PEOPLE TO LIGHT ITS CANDLES AND TO SING A SONG OF FREEDOM OVER IT.



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" v WHAT THE MENORAH SA ID TO THE XMAS TREE A sermon for young p2ople, prepared fo!' Temple Beth Am, Miami, Fla., 1967 (Xmas comes one day before Chanukah this year) Rabbi Herbert M. Baumgard, D.H.L. Temple Beth Am, Miami, Florida THE MENORAH AND THE CHRISTMAS TREE STOOD SIDE BY SIDE IN THE STORE WINDOW. IT WAS THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS 9 AND THE TREE LOOKED LOVELY WITH ALL OF ITS DECORATIONS. THE MENORAH SEEMED VERY BARE INDEED9 BESIDE THE TREE. IT DIDN'T EVEN HAVE AN'{ CANDLES IN IT, FOR IT WAS NOT YET TIME FOR CHANUKAH WHICH DID NOT COME THIS YEAR UNTIL THE NIGHT OF DECEMBER 26th. THE CHRISTMAS TREE HAD THE RIGHT TO BE PROUD OF ITSELF. IT WAS FULL OF FLASHING T I NSE L AND BR IGHT RED BALLS, AND AT THE VERY TOP, IT HAD A LARGE SILVER 5T AR UNTIL THIS NIGHT, THE MENOR/'.H HAD BEEN KEPT SEPARATE FROM THE TREE, Bill THEY HAD BEEN BROUGHT TOGETHER, SINCE CHANUKAH WOULD COME IN ft. FEW HOURS. THE MENCRAH LOOKED UP AT THE TREE AND STARTED A CONVERSATION ( n :i: KNOW YOUR NAME," SAID THE MENORAH, "BUT WHERE DO YOU COME FROM 1" It I COME FROM NEW ENGLAND," REPLIED THE TREE, "FROM THE STATE OF MAINE; Bur MY GRANDPARFNTS CAME FROM NORTHERN EUROPE". "HOW INTERESTING,1t SAID THE MENORAH, "MY GFtAI'-l1)PARENTS CAME FROM EUROPE TOO; BUT THE IR GRANDPARENTS CAME FROM THE LAND OF ISRAEL, FROM THE HOLY LAND. It "OHt ITS TOO WARM IN THE HOLY LAND FOR XMAS TREES, n SAID THE TREE. "MY GRAND PARENTS COULD NEVER HAVE LIVED THERE. IT MUST BE COLD FOR OUR KIND OF TREE TO GET ALONG. 11 THEN, THE XMAS TREE SAID SOMETHING THAT THE MENORAH HAD NEVER KNOWN BEFORE. "YOU KNOW," SAID THE TREE, "I WAS NOT ALWAYS CALLED A 'XMAS "REALLY,tl REPLIED THE MENOR AI-\ SURPRISED. nOH, NO," SAID THE TREE. "MY GRANDPARENTS HAD THE NAME OF YULE TREE. ACTUALLY, WE WERE NEVER PART OF THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY UNTIL RECENT TIMES. HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO, WE WERE PART OF THE HOLIDAY OF THE PAGANS." "THE PAGANS," ASKED THE MENORAH, "WHO WERE THEY".? "OH, THEY WERE PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN NORTHERN EUROPE," ANSWERED THE TREE. "THEY WORSHIPPED MANY GODS. AT LEAST, THEY THOUGHT THERE WERE MANY GODS. AT THIS W INTER SEASON IN THE COLD COUNTRY, n SAID THE TREE, "WHEN THE DAYS BEGAN TO GET A LITTLE LONGER, THE PI'.GANS USED TO HAVE A HOL IDAY. THEY WOULD TAKE A WHEEL, LIGHT IT WITH F mE, AND SEND IT ROLLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN. SOME OF THE PAGANS WOULD CUT DOWN A TREE LIKE ME AND PUT IT IN THEIR HOUSE. IT WASNtT UNTIL RECENTLY," SAID THE TREE, "THAT I CAME TO BE CALLED A 'CHRISTMAS TREE' INSTEAD OF A 'YULE TREE 1." "THAT'S VERY INTERESTING," SAID THE MENORAH THOUGHTFULLY 9 "Bur I CAN'T REMEMBER WHEN MY FAMILY EVER HAD A NAME OTHER THAN 'MENORAH'. OUR NAME GOES ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE BIBLE. WHY, THE TEMPLE OF SOLOMON HAD A MENORAH IN IT AND THE MACCABEES MADE A SPECIAL KIND OF MENORAH 2200 YEARS AGO BY PUTTING ON THE SPEARS THEY CAPTURED FROM THE SYRIANS OF THAT DAY. EVER SINCE THAT tULE IENG AGO IN THE LAND THAT IS NOW CALLED ISRAEL, WE MENORAHS HAVE BEEN PART OF THE HOLIDAY CALLED CHANUKAH."

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THE MENORAH GOT SOME SATJSFACTt:)N FROi'vi 'EAc:r HIS l'JtlME WAS OLDER THAN CHR ISTMAS TREE. EVEN THE AI-l I) lDN IT Leot< f'RfTTY Vv ITHOUT HIS C/.NDLE : ; HE SUDDENLY F!::LT VERY : \S HE TP()UGHT 0::?T.d.ST TIME CHl\NUKAH WAS CELEI3RATED. HIS GRAtfJFATHER HAD TOLD HD.'. TliE STORY OF TI -IF. CHANUKAH. HE ASKED THE XMAS TREE IF HE WOULD LIKE Tn !-j'::AR T!-T: STOHY I> THE TREE P .EPLIED THAT HE WOULD BE DELIGHTED. THE f'lENORAH BEGAN IN THIS VJAYo "2200 YEARS HE SAID, "THE KING OF THF. SYRIANS TOLD THE JEWS THEY COULDNtT WQilSHIP THT:!!'-:. ClOD :7:N THEm VERY OWN TEM!.)!:..E A HE WA.NTED THE JEWS TO o C)W Down Te HIM AND TO HIM AS GOD THE JEWS REFUSED TO DO SO, FOR THEY BELIEVED TriAT NO ONE M/. N COULD BE GOD. EVEN THOUGH THEY DIDNtT HAVE MUCH TO FIGHr WITH THEY QUICKLY GO! TOOETHER A SM/.LL BAND OF SOLDIERS LED BY JUDAH THE MACABBEE. TL:ERE WEHD MORE S\rq IAN SOLD:' r::RS '.:HAN THERE WERE JEWISH SOLDIERS. THE SYRIANS EVEN Hiill ELEP'HJ\NTS USE LIKE SOLDIERS USE TANKS TODAY. SCMEHOW, THE JEvJISH SQ'I.;)II!RS WFPE ABLE TO WJf\L, EVERYONE THOUGHT IT WAS A GREf:r MIRACLE. THE JEWS TOOK EACK TlIETIi TEM?LEc MADE NEW MENORAH TO STAND IN THE TEMPLE, AND THE WORSHIPPED THE 1Ft IN AGAIN." THE MENORr',H GREW MORE AND MOHE EXCITED AS HE TOLD THE s r .lOhY 0 "MY GR: NDf.,\THER tOLD ME," THE MENCRAH CON1'INUED, "TW.T Cl\WLES tIRE KIND!..ED IL-J THE ME}.:cRP.:;"i AT CHANUKAH TINlE TO REMIND THE JEWS OF THE Iivlf-ORTANCE OF HELIGIOUS Fl1l:EDC v l .. "GEE, tl SAID THE CHRISTMAS TREE, "YOU CERTAINL":{ HA'JE A STORY TO TELL. I THOUGHT I WAS OLD UN! IL TOLD 'v1E YOUH I '::tTES S HAVE TO S[.:,Y TH1\ T I'M A MODERN INVENTION, AND YOUlRE .'\ SAY, HAPPENING TO YOU, NOW'('i AT THIS POINT IN THE THE DECORATED TREE AND THE LITTlE MENORAH, $OiviETHP'Y2 t'RAMt ;.TTC IT \I/AS ON T11E DAY OF DF.CEMDER 26th, 1967 (OR Y EAR 5728 THE JEWISH CALEt !D! R .. ) THE CHANUYJ\H HOLILIAY WAS BEGINNING! 1\ND ONS OF THE SALES ... CIRLS IN 1 :-!F STORE PLACED BEAUTIPUL CANDi.ES THE CUPS OF THE MENORAH. SHE PUCED FIRST ;'N ORANGE CANDLE IN THE MIDDLE CUP, T!-! EN,1' GREEN CANDLE NEXT TO IT AND, TH'2N, A BLLE ONE THEN, A RED or'll 'J .A GOLD ON:?) I.ND SO OI'.:. Ur'FIL 1lmRE INERE E C/\NDIES TN ALJ ... tt StJDDENLY, '1 MENOR.\H, VJHICH HAD SEEMED :?G 3TJ\l\J'DING -:-l-IERr. PESIDF TI-1E TIn:;:}I BECAME SOMETHING OF OUTSTANDING DEAUTY" THE .yoel\'fG UDo, PICKED UP TtiE MENCF.AIr, PLACED IT ON 1\ HIGH TABLE; AND TO LIGHT THE CENTER SA I 'IDLE, b.S saE A LITTLE BLESS iNG THE CAnr:LE Bl1RST INTO FLAME, AND Itt: LIGm REFLEC'fED OVE!{ TO THE METAL OF T1-.;: MENORAH, NOW SEEMED Ie BE SHliJP,!G A.LL OVr:R <) TJ-:E LADY DEG.;N TO SING 1\ SONG THAT BEGAN W1TH r[HE WCRDS? "ReCIe OF i-.GES".. IT WAS A SONG ADQRESSED TO THE n N P LIVING GOD.. IT 1NAS A SONG AEOUT 1", GI.oR IOlJS ?IGHI FOR FREEDOM THAT TOOK PLACE LGnS AGO; DUT WHEN THE LJ\DY S:\NG THE SONG SHE SEEMED TO BE THINKING, AL..SO, ADOL'T A BATTL!: TEA T !C;)K PLACE OtTLY YESTERu,; v AS '{tIS YOUNG tIDY SANG H::R 30N(J THE MENOP .'\H BEP.MED W1TH HAPPINESS. PJ: CF ALL THP. TENS OF THOUSANDS OF MENOHAH8 'fHAT vvERE BEING I,IT IN J'E\!':::':SH THE WORLD THAT ::VEPING, IN MEXICO [,N0 iN CHILE 9 IN FRANCE hl\JD IN I SF.. A E:t.." HE" OF ALL THF. LICHTS 13EING LIT AHOUNG THE WORL:; !\ND OF :vw.N'S STRUGGLE FeR FREEDOM GOES ON AT ALL TIMES. RAYS OF JOY SHONE FROM THE FAC2 OF THE MENORAH AND TEAns COCL(j EE SEEN THiRE, TOO.; TEARS FOR HlJMAN SUFFERING!, FeR.' TIE PAIN THAT MEN CAUSE ONE ANOT!-IEEt TEI.RS FOR TF2 SOLDIERS WHO HAVE TO DIE IN WARS NEED NOT BE FOUGHT IF

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What the menorah said to the Xmas tree page 3 MEN WOULD LOVE EACH OTHER A LITTLE MORE 0 THE MENORAH WAS BOTH SAD AND JOYFUL !I BUT MOST OF ALL, HE WAS JOYFUL, FOR THE HOLIDAY OF CHANUKAH WAS BEGINNING, AND HE KNEW THAT JUST AS ONE OF HIS CANDLES WAS LIT TONIGI-IT, SO TWO CANDLES WOULD DE LIT TOMORROW, THREE CANDLES ON THE NEXT DAY, AND SO ON, UNTIL ALL OF HIS EIGHT.CANDLES WERE LIT. THE MENORAH FELT WONDERFUL ALREADY, BUT HE KNEW THAT HE WOULD FEEL EVEN BETTER WITH EACH NEW DAY OF THE HOLIDAY 0 HE COULD ALREADY IMAGINE THE EIGHTH DAY WHEN ALL OF HIS BODY WOULD BE AGLOW WITH MANY COLORED CANDLES AND DANCING LIGHTS. THE CHRISTMAS TREE WATCHED AS THE FIRST CANDLE WAS BEING LIT AND THOUGI-IT TO ITSELF, "HOW BEAUTIFUL, AND HOW MUCH ALIVE IS THAT CANDLE." THE TREE THOUGHT ALSO THAT IN JUST A FEW DAYS, HE, THE TREE, WOULD BE THROWN AWAY TO DIE IN THE TRASH HEAP. BUT HE KNEW THE MENORAH WOUI:D GO ON LIVING AND TELLING HIS STORY. MANY eHR ISTMAS TREES WOULD COME AND GO, Bur THIS MENORAH WOULD GO ON FOREVER, AT LEAST, HE WOULD GO ON LIVING SO LONG AS THERE WERE PEOPLE TO LIGIIT ITS CANDLES AND TO SING A SONG OF FREEDOM OVER IT.