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The Miracle Of Light

December 18, 2014

Jews all over the world are now celebrating Chanukah, the celebration of many miracles.  From the victory of a small band of men fighting for their religious freedom against a very large and well equipped army, to one days worth of olive oil used to light the Menorah lasting for eight days.

The miracle of the oil represents the victory of light over darkness.

At nighttime, Jews place their lit Menorah in doorways or windows to bring light to the dark street and to all who see it.

On the Menorah is a head candle called the Shamash, which is used to light all the other candles.  A candle lights other candles without losing any of its own light.  Each of us can be like the Shamash and bring light to all whose lives we come into contact with.  When we are like the Shamash, not only do we keep our light, we actually shine brighter.  We all have that power through acts of goodness, kindness, and charity.

“Light vanquishes the darkness.” – Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, The Rebbe

“From one burning candle many candles are lit, yet its own light is not diminished.” – Numbers 11:17

Here is another powerful and universal message from Chanukah, the miracle of light.*

Of all the special qualities of a pretty and delicious olive, its essence is found in its oil when lit, producing its light.  In order to get to the olives essence, it must first be crushed to produce the oil.  So too in our lives, we sometimes are or 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 you may find your essence and with it bring your light to the world.

Happy Chanukah

and to all a good light

*Based on a teaching of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve permalink
    December 19, 2014 4:44 pm

    Good stuff! Thanks. Happy chanukah

  2. Matt permalink
    December 18, 2014 8:34 pm

    Sharing the teaching of your Chanukah essay with my young Sammy and Franky also shines my knowledge light on them (so long as I properly credit you, I presume?)
    Matt

    • Fred Fox permalink*
      December 19, 2014 8:49 am

      Credit those that taught me those lessons and me:)

  3. Jocko permalink
    December 18, 2014 8:18 pm

    Glad to have your thoughts as we go tumbling into what–for me, is a chaotic and overly “busy” time of shopping, obligations and on and on. This short teaching was a breath of fresh air. Thank you, Fred. May You Be Happy. May You Be Well. Jocko

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