In wake of Mumbai attacks, rabbi urges Jews and others to bring more light to world.
By Eileen E. Flynn AMERICAN-STATESMAN
For Rabbi Yosef Levertov, leader of Austin's Chabad center, the symbolism of lighting the menorah felt heavier at the Texas Capitol on Sunday, the first night of Hanukkah. He was fervently hoping that one flame would inspire more Jews to bring light into a world darkened by the slaughter of more than 160 people in Mumbai, India, last month.
"In the situation after Mumbai, we made a resolute response that we're going to increase in light our response to darkness," Levertov said.
Levertov remembers watching the news unfold with his wife, Rochel, and praying for a miracle. He believes the survival of the couple's son was a miracle in itself, but he still winces when thinking of how the boy's parents died.
Jews believe a miracle occurred when oil that should have fueled a flame for one day burned for eight days.
But, she said, by doing more good deeds and demonstrating a nonviolent response to the murders, Jews can thwart the terrorists' objectives.
"This event strengthens my Jewish pride," she said. "Century after century we've prevailed over every attempt to destroy us."