We Must Be the Light

In the world, Chanukah is known as the Festival of Lights. Indeed, a picture of Chanukah brings to mind a cozy family atmosphere, surrounded by warmth and love. However, that is not what the story of Chanukah is.

With their homeland conquered, and their Temple defiled by the Greeks, it couldn’t have been an easy situation for the Jews of that time. They knew they had no chance of defeating the mighty Greek army — the world’s superpower at the time. Yet, they still went out and fought, and, with great miracles, they actually succeeded in driving the Greeks out and restoring the Beis Hamikdash and Eretz Yisrael to its holiness.

That, I believe, is the lesson of Chanukah. The world must have been very dark for the Jews of that time, yet they still went out to try and bring light. They were pinpricks of light in a world of darkness, yet their light caught on, filling their entire nation with the light of Torah for eternity.

In our times, we live in a dark world. The unfair, biased U.N. resolution that was passed this past week is just one example. Morality hits new lows every single day. In a world of darkness, we must be the light — even when it seems impossible that anything will happen from it, even when it is hard for us. Eventually our light will catch on and bring Moshiach, speedily in our times.

Menachem Spiegel