Kohen Lighting the menorah in beit Hamikdash painting

Chanuka Overview and the Responsibility as Lamplighters

Chanuka Overview and the Responsibility as Lamplighters

Breitowitz, Rabbi Dr. Yitzchok
December 20, 2022

[The Maccabees] took a jar of oil that can only burn for one day and…that oil burned for 8 days.


[We may find ourselves thinking], ‘I’m facing this impossible task, I feel inadequate and unworthy, I feel I am unable to do it…’


God is giving you a sign – ‘Do what you can do, and your efforts will be blessed beyond what you thought would be possible….’


So Chanukah is that message of hope, faith in Hashem, and faith in yourself. ‘Don’t despair, don’t give up, keep on going. My light is with you, and when My light is with you, your puny efforts can accomplish what would otherwise seem to be impossible.’


We live in a world that is filled with darkness on many levels… Every Jew is a lamplighter… Our job is to bring light into darkness…to be a source of light…


Chanuka tells us, ‘Do what you can do, no matter how insignificant you think it is, and then G-d will bless your efforts…He blesses the result.'”