Resource Category: Hanukkah

On Hanukkah and the season of giving, it can be easy to forget to give to yourself this time of year. That’s why we have created these Hanukkah Resources and our Mental Health Menorah or “Hanukkiah” to help you stay grounded and healthy, build resilience, and avoid burnout this holiday season.

The proper response, as Hanukkah teaches, is not to curse the darkness but to light a candle. — Irving Greenberg

A handy, beautifully designed downloadable card with the text of the Menorah blessings in hebrew and english, along with a short message of mental health to ponder as you light.
Hanukkah, the holiday of lights, is one of the warmest times of the year, meant to be spent immersed in the love of friends and family. But for many caregivers, preparation for this holiday and all of its material expectations can become overwhelming and stressful. Whether they’re parents, teachers or healthcare providers, they can feel overextended to a dangerous degree. This feeling is only exacerbated by the fact that so many of us are culturally inclined to not see our own well-being and ability to function as a priority. Rather, the modern individual is pressured to “achieve” and “hustle,” leaving very little room for rest. This perspective is disastrous to our mental health and inevitably leads to burnout.
An excerpt from Lucie Waldman’s book, The Jots of Becoming: A journey of hope and recovery. Available on Amazon in Kindle and print editions. This was written in anticipation of Chanukah, but its themes can apply more universally in recovery. The holidays, no matter what religion, are an extraordinarily difficult time for me and for most people with Eating Disorders because it often comes with changes in scheduling in treatment, different foods, and seeing different family members. All in all, it’s a lot of change.
On Hanukkah, we light the eight candles of the Menorah. The 9th candle is the Shamash, – a helper candle used to light the other candles. We know Hanukah is the festival of lights, and the opposite of light is darkness. For thousands of years, Jewish people have evolved through periods of light and darkness. We can all relate to what this may feel like. Today, we hope that through education, dialogue, and storytelling, along with the incredible power of our community, we continue to see the miracles of light and hope.