Rabbi Milevsky's Thought of the Week: Vayeishev - 5779

AN OLD AND NEW MESSAGE

More than two thousand years ago, the children of Matityahu Kohen Gadol regained control of Yerushalayim and the Beit Hamikdash from the Seleucid Empire. The first service performed in the freed Temple was the lighting of the Menorah. Although they only found enough oil to burn for one day, it lasted eight.

We are very familiar with this story. However, what is important is to remember the following, when celebrating this magnificent holiday. First, we must be appreciative to people who fight for our physical and spiritual existence.  The Chashmonaim were driven by a full grasp of the value of our people and our traditions. Their commitment was so great, to an extent, that they were willing to give their lives for what they believed in. Let us give thanks to the Chashmonaim of our generations as well.

Another important thought to keep in mind during this season, and when looking at the lights of Chanukah, is that even at a time when Hashem’s existence is not felt, he is present. Even at times of difficulty we can, and must, turn to Him for assistance. Even in darkness we can find the light.

Chanukah Sameaach and Shabbat Shalom