Chanukah and the Secret of Jewish Survival

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HANUKKAH - CHANUKAH: and the Secret of Jewish Survival with Rabbi Michael Skobac, Director of Education and Counselling, Jews for Judaism (Canada)

Even though Chanukah is not a Biblical holiday, it is one that is incredibly rich with meaning and significance.

The basic story of Chanukah is simple: around 2300 years ago, Israel was occupied by Syrian/Greek Hellenists who sought to suppress the practice of Judaism. They took over our holy Temple in Jerusalem and turned it into a pagan shrine.

A small group of Priests led a revolt against their mighty occupiers and miraculously routed them. After reclaiming the Temple and cleaning it, they wanted to light the Menorah in the Temple courtyard as was normally done every day. But there was no pure oil to be found. Undeterred, they kept on searching until they found a small jar of pure oil that would last no longer than one day. Miraculously, that oil burned for eight days and they had a chance to acquire a new supply of oil.

One of the lessons of Chanukah is that we didn't give up. We were vastly outnumbered, but we believed that with God on our side, we could emerge victorious. And when it seemed like there was no oil for the Menorah, we didn't give up. We diligently searched until a jar of oil was found.

This has been the story of Jewish survival throughout history. After tragedies like the holocaust, we refused to give in our give up. Armed with our convictions, we kept going and thrived.

Today, it seems like the Jewish people are being diminished through assimilation and other threats to our continuity. But we can't give up and we don't give up.

One of the messages of Jews for Judaism is that when each of us becomes a Jew for Judaism, and works to help revive our fellow Jews who are not engaged, we never lose. We will not diminish our portion. On the contrary, we ourselves will grow immensely and be blessed through those efforts.



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