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Hanukkah: history, meaning and its relevance today

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JERUSALEM POST

Every
single flame on every hanukkiah (Hanukkah menorah) is a small
victory, a reminder of the triumph of good over evil throughout
history.

For
eight nights, starting with the 25th of the month of Kislev, Jews
celebrate the 165 BCE victory of the Maccabees, a brave troop of
priest-warriors that vanquished the mighty Syrian-Greeks. Every
winter, we commemorate this military miracle by lighting the Hanukkah
candles, increasing the glow of spirituality in the world and
saluting those who keep the dream of freedom alive. Interestingly,
the Torah portions we read at this time of the year also highlight
dreamers – we learn about the visions of our patriarch Yaakov and
his son Yosef, followed by Pharaoh’s butler and baker and then
Pharaoh himself. The resounding theme of the power of dreams offers
us hope amid darkness, echoing the prophet Zecharia’s motto, “Not
by might but by spirit” shall we all live in peace. Every single
flame on every hanukkiah (Hanukkah menorah) is a small victory, a
reminder of the triumph of good over evil throughout history. This
holiday recalls those dreamers, from biblical times to the present,
who were committed to the transformation of a barbaric world into one
of liberty and justice for all. Moreover, we are reassured of the
efficacy of the secret weapon in our arsenal, the power of dreams.

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