The Miracle of Chanukah – The Real “Reason for the Season”

It’s the winter holiday season again in the world. For most, Chanukah is simply a blip on the radar. For others, it’s a Jewish holiday that’s like the other days (that one with the man in the red suit, for example). It seems that a majority fit in this second category.

Then there’s another group that looks to history to understand the present holiday, and from there we have an entirely different concept behind this holiday.

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Cast Away Your Sins

Sheimos note: the Hebrew texts used in this post to contain Sheimos and should be treated accordingly. Please be careful with printing and/or redistribution. 

כִּֽי־בַיּ֥וֹם הַזֶּ֛ה יְכַפֵּ֥ר עֲלֵיכֶ֖ם לְטַהֵ֣ר אֶתְכֶ֑ם מִכֹּל֙ חַטֹּ֣אתֵיכֶ֔ם לִפְנֵ֥י יְהֹוָ֖ה תִּטְהָֽרוּ׃
For on this day atonement shall be made for you to cleanse you of all your sins; you shall be clean before HaShem.

Vayikra 16: 30

Every year it’s the same story. The same machzor. The same prayers. The same pleading, beating of the chest, and bowing in broken humility. The same fear, dread, and desire to not die a horrible day. Not by fire. Not by water. Not by strangulation. Or is it?

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The King is in the Fields

Welcome to the month of Elul. This last month of the Jewish calendar marks the King being in the fields. He is close, wanting us to connect and cleave to Him.

The name of the month itself reveals this mysterious attribute of HaShem to us, as Elul (אלול) stands for א Ani ל L’Dodi ו V’Dodi ל Li, I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine. HaKadosh Baruch Hu is waiting for us to come to Him.

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