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Olive Oil and Your Purpose

December 19, 2011

Chanukah, the miracle of light, celebrates the olive oil burning for eight days bringing light to the darkness. Of all the special qualities of a pretty and delicious olive, its essence is found in its oil when lit and its light is revealed. In order to release its essence, the olive must first be crushed. So too in our lives, we sometimes feel crushed – by pain and suffering, loss, struggle and disappointment – and just like the olive, it is then that our essence can be revealed. It is in those moments that we may find our true purpose and with it bring our light to the world.

Adapted from a teaching of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, The Rebbe

Happy Holidays

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