Chanukah is the festival of emuna, the light that glimmers in midair and has the power to dispel darkness in an instant. The glow of light is a flicker of hope and testimony that Hashem can do anything.
Everything that occurs in life is sunlight enveloped in blackness. All is hidden and concealed before the human eye so that we may choose our path without readily seeing which way it leads. Our soul knows and drives us to choose spirituality, yet our body sways us to material avenues. The constant battle between cloudiness and clarity is the journey of a lifetime.
Chanukah is a holiday where we physically act to increase light in our homes for all to see. When things look dreary, hopeless and desolate especially as the days are shorter and physically there is less light shining in the world, we declare, “There is no despair in this world at all!” HaKadosh Baruch Hu instructed us to engage in the deed of lighting the menorah so that we can personally participate in the creation of light.
The emuna that the Maccabim portrayed by fighting against the Greeks, against all odds for a chance to win, brought about their yeshua. They trusted in Hashem’s intervention and saw themselves as a child of Hashem in dire need of His help. That was the key to their salvation. “Hashem, we are Your children, please help us”; that brings victory! It was not natural to survive. Now it is our calling to display that same emuna as the Maccabim.