Sunday, 21 December 2014

A Chanukah Thought

It's the 6th candle or night of Chanukah. Don't you love this time of year? The candles light up the windows and entrances to Jewish homes. It's a pretty time and a happy time. What do you enjoy most about this time of year?

Yesterday I took note of the paragraph added in Shmoneh Esraei or the Amidah Prayer. Have you noticed how many times we are reminded that Hashem fought our battles? He gave the many into the hands of the few? He overturned the disaster and turned it to joy? He helped us to succeed and to continue to be Nation that brings light into this world. That's quite a thought. On the one hand it's quite a responsibility on the other, it's a reassurance.

So what is holding us back from Moshiach coming? How many times do we need to go through these hard, hard challenges for the Final Redemption to become a reality?

I discussed it a little with my husband. I pondered whether Am Yisrael (the Nation of Israel) needs to internalize just how much Hashem (G-d) does for us, or whether the other nations need to realize no matter how many times they try to get rid of us, we are still here. My husband reminded me of another point. There are times that tragedy struck because we angered Hashem. We need to be careful not to become arrogant with our role in this world, but rather to internalize that being Jewish comes with a responsibility to live life according to G-d's rules. That's a tall order but it's what we are here to do.

So it seems it's a combination. Do you agree?

Since fulfillment of the Mitzvos is what helps to bring light into the darkness and shows the world how to live by G-d's Will, what Mitzvah are YOU going to add THIS Chanukah to help to tip the scales in favour or the final redemption.

If you'd like to introduce a learning schedule into your life, so that you can learn more about Chanukah or the laws Hashem has given us or any other aspect of Torah, do visit our website. We offer Torah learning of the Sefer (book) of your choice, online or in person, individually or in groups. We'd love to hear what your need is in Torah learning.

No comments:


Related Posts with Thumbnails