Think Chanukah

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Main Aspects Of The Chanukah Lights

THERE IS SOMETHING VERY UNIQUE ABOUT THE CHANUKAH MIRACLE THAT IS THE VERY ESSENCE OF OUR PEOPLE AND THE VERY FABRIC OF OUR NATION’S SOUL-SEARCHING JOURNEY IN THIS WORLD.

By Rabbi Ariel Yeshurun

Chanukah has many aspects, as all our holidays do, but there are three that are fundamental. These three fundamental aspects to the Chanukah lights are:

  • To spread the light of the Torah and Mitzvot in a growing measure from day to day, as indicated by the addition of a candle each succeeding night of Chanukah.

  • To do so not only within one’s own home, but to spread it also outside, as indicated by the fact that the original place of the Chanukah lights is at the entrance to the home, outside facing the streets in order to achieve pirsumei nisa—advertising the miracle.

  • The Chanukah candles have to be kindled after sunset indicating that when it is dark outside, one must not be discouraged, on the contrary that is precisely the time to start kindling the lights.

  • The Chanukah candles have to be kindled after sunset indicating that when it is dark outside, one must not be discouraged, on the contrary that is precisely the time to start kindling the lights.

The Jewish people were charged with sanctifying G-d’s name within the walls of their sanctuaries and privacy of their homes in a growing measure, from day to day, and also with the sacred task of spreading this divine doctrine and infusing a world steeped in spiritual darkness with enlightenment. This enlightenment included disseminating insight, understanding, awareness, wisdom, education, learning, knowledge, awakening, sophistication, advancement, development, open-mindedness, culture, refinement and cultivation.

The Chanukah lights establish that it is precisely during these times of world darkness that we are to kindle the soul of the world. We exist to teach the world about G-d and about the gratitude all living beings should feel having had the opportunity to bask in His graceful light.

The supernatural light in the Menorah at the time of the Maccabean revolt guarantees that the oil will endure and we will survive. It guarantees that like the little flask of oil that lasted, so will Am Yisrael despite being small in number, scattered and persecuted, remain an eternal light in this world that can never be extinguished.

The Jewish people’s existence is a Chanukah miracle every day of every year since we became a nation.
Think Chanukah. Think Light. Think Torah.

We have remained a nation defined by one and one thing only— the Torah. This is why Chanukah is not only closely associated with the survival of the Jews but with the survival of an entire world so desperately in need of spirituality, faith and salvation.
Chanukah guarantees Am Yisrael and Am Yisrael guarantees the world!

Happy Chanukah!

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