Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Jew should never give up Hope

Seen in Bnei Brak

Photo: Miriam Woelke


We all know the Chanukkah story where the Jews, under the leadership of the Maccabim, fought the Greeks and eventually freed the Second Temple from foreign idol - worship. The actual Chanukkah miracle, however, was the incident with the oil which miraculous lastet for about a week. 

Of course, on Chanukkah, we all look at the historical side of the holiday but what we should not forget is looking much deeper into it. Become aware of our Jewish spiritual side within us. Become aware of our Jewish powers and, as soon as we start using them, we are able to gain the impossible because G - d is on our side.

This is what we should learn from the Chanukkah story. Never to give up, no matter what is happening ! The Talmud Tractate Berachot 10 teaches us that a Jew should never give up even if the sword is already at his throat. Sometimes our enemies appear to be much stronger than us. Look at Iran, Syria or the entire Arab world today. On the other hand, G - d can easily cause the downfall of our enemies and suddenly it is us rejoicing over them.

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