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The Story of Chanukah

When it comes to Chanukah most people are familiar about the miracle story of the oil that burned for 8 nights. The miracle of Chanukah is not limited to miracle oil that burned for 8 nights. The other miracle component of Chanukah is the military victory of the Chasmonaim. The Chasmonaim also known as the Maccabees were a small legion of men who refused to assimilate among the Greeks. The story of the miracle oil used to rededicate the Temple back to HaShem was symbolic of the Chasmonaim who choose to dedicate themselves to HaShem by fighting the forces of darkness.

When we truly desire to dedicate our lives to HaShem we too can be like Chasmonaim. How can one be a Chasmonai when they lived over two-thousand years ago? As mentioned above, the Chasmonaim were also known by the name the Maccabees. The name Maccabee (מכבי) is an acronym that stands for: מי כמכה באלם יי, Mi kamocha baeilim Adonai (Who is like you HaShem)? Chanukah is about standing up against the forces of darkness and declaring; מי כמכה באלם יי, Mi kamocha baeilim Adonai (Who is like HaShem)? The answer is; אין כמוך, Ein kamocha (There is none)!

This Chanukah when the yetzer hara tries to get you to compromise in order to assimilate you need be a Maccabee. You need stand up against the forces of darkness and declare that there is no god like HaShem!

Chag Chanukah Sameach.