So it makes sense that generations later the Jewish sages asked, "Why Hanukkah?" What is the reason for this holiday?
On Hanukkah, we light our candles in darkness. And with those small lights, we are able to see with greater vision than in the brightest of rooms
We light our candles by adding another candle each night. However, we need to follow Hillel's advice all year long as well. As God commanded, we need to be light and add light to the world.
This let's recommit ourselves to our ideals and values. No matter what may have happened in our lives, we can start anew today.
Throughout this season of light for Christians and Jews, let us remember that the victory doesn't always go to the mighty and powerful.
My Christian friends celebrate the miracle of a birth at Christmas, and my Jewish brothers and sisters celebrate the miracle of a spiritual and military victory during the celebration of Hanukkah.
Hanukkah celebrates an eternal triumph of God's light over all darkness. This spiritual light is an everlasting one. Goodness will always overcome evil, and light will ultimately outshine the darkness forever.
Let's be fully present in the glorious moment that is now. Let's take the time to really see each other — and maybe, we just may catch a glimpse of God.
When we talk about the miracle of Hanukkah in our prayers, we mention that God gave "the many into the hands of the few." It's important to understand that this isn't just a reference to the Greeks who were more powerful and numerous than the Jews who were fighting them.
Hanukkah is a holiday of hope, one that teaches us that there is no limit to what we can accomplish when we let God be our guiding light and do our best to shine our own.
As all eyes are focused on Jerusalem once again because of President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Israel and Jewish communities worldwide remember the Holocaust beginning at sundown Wednesday on Yom Ha'Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. For two minutes throughout Israel, sirens sound, and the entire country comes to a standstill – all work comes to a halt, people walking down the street stop in their tracks, and cars stop in the road, their drivers exiting to stand in silent remembrance.