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Chanucah Part 1
December 22, 2008, 10:11 am
Filed under: Chanukah, ethics, Spirituality versus Secularism, Torah Politics

Chanukah בס”ד

Chanukah is about revolution. It is a reminder to stand up against the oppression of the

nations, especially when gentile values and politics have overcome the government of the

Jewish people living in the land of Isreal.  It is a time to establish a truely Torah government. Chanukah is a

time of ever increasing light. This is seen and accomplished through the service of

Chanukah which includes lighting of the “Menorah”. The main service of

Chanukah is the illumination of the darkness of night with the manorah in increasing

intensity from 1 to 9 lights including the “shamash”. It was on the first night of Chanukah the 25th of kislev

that Antiocos made the temple into a shrine for idolatry. This was the darkest

moment when the house of Hashem became a place unfit for his dwelling .This

was the climax of the decent of the Jewish people led by their “high society” as they slid down to the

depth of spiritual depravity being absorbed in the “upper class” (Greek) values of their day, which was called HELLenism. The enemy may have stimulated the decline of  Yisrael  from outside yet the real enemy was within, it was ourselves. We allowed non-Torah values to

infect us to the point that a Cohen Gadol (High Priest) was placed in  the temple who had values opposite that of the Torah.

The enemy was within but salvation came from without and within as only a small

group of Cohaniem who were living in the hills were able to bring about the

spiritual redemption of our people. Reclaiming the Holy Temple, with the miracle of

the oil, and the physical miraculous victory where our enemies were concurred. On

Chanukah we went from the darkest darkness of our souls, spiritually and physically

captured under the dominion of strangers, yet we came to witness miracles and

salvation. We came to witness oil that burned miraculously. That which had the

physical potential to burn for one day burned for eight. This infinite quality of oil represents the permutation of the

spiritual quality of oil, which from kabalah we learn  is ” chuchmah ” (creative inspiration), right  into this

physical world.


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