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Chanukah

By Rabbi Eliyahu Kaufman

The brilliant and bright lights of the menorah radiating from the windows of Jewish homes, herald the arrival of Chanukah. In fact, it is those very lights that give expression to the eternal message of Chanukah: The message of Jewish survival, Jewish eternity, Jewish continuity. When our Chachamim want to express the obligation of Hadlakat Ner Chanukah, lighting the Chanukah candles, they state: "Ner Ish U'Beito", "There should be a light for you and for your house". Our Chachamim in their wisdom, understood that the commemoration, the very essence of the Chanukah victory, the triumph of Torah and of Jewish survival over the overwhelming forces of evil, was, and is, due to the source of Jewish strength, of Jewish life that emanates from the Jewish home. It is the Jewish family, the Jewish spirit that shines in our children, in Jewish husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, grandfathers and grandmothers.

It was the light of Matityahu's family and his village of Modean, that ultimately was the source of Jewish salvation. How remarkable! It was one single family, one single home, one single kehillah, dedicated, inspired, enthused with the light of Torah, that was the catalyst in the salvation of our people and Torah from the Greek oppression. It is that dedication that is the message of Chanukah, a dedication that is so eloquently expressed with the neirot of Chanukah that emanate from the Jewish home, our bastion of strength, our source of Jewish eternity and continuity. One light... one house... one neshama... one family... one community... one shul... can make all the difference and can be the source of fulfillment of all of our hopes and dreams for a better and brighter future of of yeshuah and geulah, for us and for all of Klal Yisrael, Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael, Medinat Yisrael.

Rabbi Eliyahu Kaufman