There is an old saying, “darkness isn’t pushed away with a broom. The only way to combat darkness is with light. And the only way to combat senseless hate is with senseless love.”
We are now in the Hebrew month of Kislev which is known as the “month of miracles” because the oil for the menorah in the Second Temple miraculously lasted for eight days. As you view the beautiful glow from your menorah this holiday, use it as a personal reminder to bring more-light and more-love into this world. This can be accomplished by doing an extra mitzvah – give charity, wrap tefillin (males) or light Shabbos candles (females). A simple smile and friendly greeting to a stranger will also do wonders. And view the menorah as a symbol of hope too. “The Guardian of Israel neither sleeps nor slumbers.” We will prevail in this current war. It is not a function of if, just when.
May G-d continue to provide extra strength and safety to our IDF soldiers. And may the month of Kislev render more miracles with the release all the Jewish hostages and renew peace in Israel. Wishing everyone a joyous Chanukkah full of light.
Am Yisroel Chai!
Jared Kaye is a proud Jew, husband, father, and aspires to be a benoni.