Chanukah, the holiday that brings us much light, serves as a reminder of the resilience and determination of the Jewish people. Just as the Maccabee Jews fought against oppression and regained control of Jerusalem, the Israel-Hamas war highlights the ongoing struggle for freedom and self-determination. Chanukah teaches us the importance of perseverance and the power of hope. The miracle of the oil burning for eight days, is the triumph of light over darkness. Similarly, amidst the chaos and destruction of war, we must hold on to the belief that peace and justice will prevail.
We must remember the significance of unity and solidarity. Just as the Maccabees united the Jewish community to fight for their freedom, we must continue to stand together in support of Israel and speak up, educate, and stay strong in our values and beliefs. It is crucial to recognize that this conflict is about the right of a nation to exist and defend itself against those who seek its destruction. It is to grant us global freedom from evil, violence, aggression, barbarism and antisemitism.
As Chanukah approaches, we have much hope. In the face of adversity, we must find inspiration in the stories of our ancestors and their triumphs. Let us draw strength from their courage and work towards a future where peace and coexistence can flourish.
May the lights of Chanukah guide us toward a world where conflicts are resolved through dialogue and understanding, and where the Jewish people can live in peace and security not only in Israel but around the world. May the light shine on the hostages that have been released, and may they continue to be released until they are all home safely. May our soldiers be successful in their mission, and may they also return home safely. Amen!
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Delilah Cohen is a founder of Hear For U, The D. Cohen Academy and The Joe Cohen ORT Honey Packing, a JNF-USA Atlanta Board member, and a Yom HaZikaron – Israel Memorial Day co-Chair.