Today’s daily dose of emuna is for the complete healing of Moshe ben Itta Leah. May Hashem grant him a clean bill of health and may he continue to enjoy years of health and happiness, Amen.
The eighth day of Chanukah makes reference to the sefirah of Netzach (endurance). Seven symbolizes this world; a finite world which is limited. Yet the number eight represents the next world; of limitless time and space. This day encompasses all of the past seven days of Hoda’ah and Hallel.
One of the reasons Hashem brings revealed miracles is to sharpen our awareness that He runs the biggest and smallest of events. The everyday hum-drum activities are also from Hashem and personally supervised by Him. Often we forget and need reminders through open miracles that ‘wow’ us. If we fail to recognize Hashem’s hand in every minute detail of life, how can we say Hoda’ah and Hallel?
Hoda’ah means to acknowledge; admit that everything is from Hashem and appreciate the ultimate good in it. Only after we clearly internalize this can we properly sing Hallel. Hallel originates from the soul as written in Tehillim, ‘Kol HaNeshama T’Hallel Ka’. The soul sings a song of praise and glory to Hashem since it undoubtedly acknowledges that everything is guided by the Divine hand, whether it is seen by the open eye or not.
The one lesson we should take from Chanukah is to find every possible reason to admit, acknowledge and thank Hashem for what He does for us daily. We should regularly find ourselves saying, “Thank You Hashem for…”