CHANUKAH: Why are we commanded to light the candles, when the biggest miracle seems to be the military victory? And how is this connected to Rav Shteinman zt”l?
CHANUKAH: Why are the Chanukah lights so central, while the military victory is mentioned in our prayers?
CHANUKAH: The story of Chanukah teaches us how we can impact on the entire world!
Rav Perez: “I believe that the challenges surrounding the birth of Zionism and the State of Israel are inherently no more complex than those of Chanukah and Purim. It seems that a definitive trait of epoch-changing times such as Chanukah, Purim and modern Israel is spiritual complexity and halachic controversy.”
“Victory in battle emanates not from the multitude of numbers but rather in the strength given from Heaven” (Yehuda HaMaccabi)
Margaret Mead, a leading American anthropologist, made the following observation half a century ago: “Don’t ever deny that a small group of passionate and committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”
“And Judah – who was called the Maccabi, said: ‘ Victory in battle emanates not from the multitude of numbers but rather in the strength given from Heaven.'”