People (like me) like to see coincidences between two religions and see Oneness. It is a key characteristic of Sanatana Dharma, I think. So I wanted to believe that the Diwali and Hanukkah both being referred to as a “festival of lights” pointed toward a singular source of the two.
And I will not say that there is not a singular source. But the fact remains that there are some key differences between the two celebrations, and this is not one of those “interfaith parallels” posts.
The source doesn’t matter. Because we all know there is but One source for both. I needn’t argue that. But what I will say is that I was very, very pleased this evening when I Stumble)d)Upon this story about a commemorative stamp jointly commemorating Hanukkah and Diwali. Both celebrate light. Light is universal. So is Darkness. And the only way to avoid it is to cultivate Light. And we cultivate Light when we cultivate Oneness.