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Chanukah, the festival of lights is a twofold holiday that commemorates both an unlikely victory of the small band of Jewish Maccabees over the Syrian-Greek forces and the miracle of an inexhaustible flame rekindled in the Holy Temple. We take this opportunity to celebrate the faithful, the outnumbered, and the seemingly helpless figures in our history, who set an example for each of us with their achievements despite overwhelming political and religious adversity. The praise and thankfulness we express over candlelight with family empowers and motivates us to take charge of our personal, religious, and institutional destiny.
As Jews around the world celebrate again Hanukah, the festival of lights, it is well to ponder a bit on the significance of this holiday. Over the lifespan of the Jewish people there have been renewed attempts to expel Jews from the stage of history.