10 Tishrei 5781 / Monday, September 28, 2020 | Torah Reading: Ha'azinu
dot  Add to favorites   dot  Set as homepage  
    Create an account    |    Sign in
    My Account     Orders History     Help
  My Country:  
  United States   
   My Currency:  
  US Dollar   
Home Page Torah Portion Spirituality and Faith Foundations of Judaism Inspirational Stories Family & Daily Life Holidays and Fast Days Israel and Society
   Yom Kippur     Sukkot and Simchat Torah     Chanukah     Tu B’Shvat             
HomeHolidays and Fast DaysChanukahThe Kislev Connection
  Advanced Search

The Kislev Connection    

The Kislev Connection

The Menorah, which we only light with pure oil, symbolizes the purity of a Jewish lifestyle. This is the very point which the Greeks tried to destroy...


Translated by Chana Cohen  


How often do we think about essential things, about the things that make up our lives? For example, what’s that inner strength that helps us rise after a fall? What’s the hope, even the smallest one, which helps us face all of the despair in our lives? And in general, how do we take that deep breath, close our eyes, open them and feel energized?


The answer which immediately comes to me, and really resonates strongly with me, is that it’s from our inner connection.


Yes, when I’m connected internally to that strong and true place inside, then no matter what happens, I know I’m strong.


So now you’re probably wondering, what is that internal place?  How do we recognize it and connect to it?


The answer is: our soul. That Divine part of us that we received from our Creator, literally a piece of Him inside of us. This part receives sustenance from its source - the Creator of the world Himself.


“My G-d, the soul which You breathed into me… As long as my soul is within me, I thank You…” We say this in the morning prayers each day.


When the going gets tough, when we’re in pain, when it hurts and the end is nowhere in sight - we raise our eyes to G-d.


We now find ourselves in the month of Kislev. It’s a month of redemption and miracles, of light and warmth, of the victory of the spirit over the material. Yes, against all odds, the holiness won over the impurity.


When the Greeks entered the Holy Sanctuary and defiled all of the oil in the Holy Temple, Jerusalem and all surrounding areas, the Menorah couldn’t be lit. Our sages specifically write, “They defiled all of the oil in the sanctuary.” The Greeks didn’t spill the oil on the ground or get them all muddy. The oil remained in the jugs, ready and prepared for the lighting. Technically, fire could have been lit with this oil, however it wasn’t fitting to be used in the holy Menorah anymore. It had been brutally vandalized and wickedly defiled. The Greeks wanted the holy Menorah to be lit, but with impure oil.


We’re fighting with the Greeks regarding our approach to life.


They wanted to “Cause them to forget Your Torah and to force them to turn from the statutes of Your will”. They didn’t mind if the Jews learned Torah as a subject, such as music, philosophy or other wisdoms. What bothered them most of all was that for us the Torah is the source of life!! Our connection to the Torah and Mitzvot is the core of our connection to Hashem, which is a tremendously powerful connection.


The Menorah, which we only light with pure oil, symbolizes the purity of a Jewish lifestyle. This is the very point which the Greeks tried to destroy. They were smart. They realized that there, in the place of this connection, the core of our strength can be found.


The tragedy of Jews becoming Hellenists began then and unfortunately continues to this day. Why? Because they failed to grasp the main point of Judaism. They thought, what could be wrong with a little Greek culture? This went on until a minority, the Hasmoneans, rose up and fought to preserve the spirit of the Jewish Nation.


But the war didn’t end back then. Each one of us is still waging an internal battle. We are required to always shine and act out of pure oil, out of our internal jug of oil. It’s a jug of oil that never gets depleted. Because the jug is filled with the purest of oil, and it fills us and gives us renewed strength to light up, rise and succeed.



* * *

Talya Levy (B.A. in education) has been in the teaching field for ten years. She has experience teaching brides, is an experienced writer, and deals with mental and emotional awareness according to the Chassidic teachings. She is a wife and a mother to four, thank G-d. Contact her at:  talyalevi226@gmail.com

New Comment    New Comment
   See More Articles By Talya Levy
   Read more about Chanukah

Top of article    Top of article       Email This Article    Email This Article          Share to Facebook       Print version    Print version

 Join the distribution list Join the distribution list
If you would like to receive other related articles or Breslev.co.il features via e-mail, please enter your e-mail address here:


 Related Articles Related Articles

"Zot Chanuka"               Miracles Year-Round               Logic of the West
 "Zot Chanuka"  Miracles Year-Round  Logic of the West

  0 Talkbacks for this article     

Add Your CommentAdd Your Comment    Add Your Comment    

In Honor of:    In Memory of:
Like What You Read?
Help Breslev Israel spread the light of Rebbe Nachman
across the globe, and be a partner in making a better world.
Click here to support Breslev.co.il
 Products of the Day Products of the Day
Back  1 2 3  Next
Back  1 2 3  Next
 Most talked about Most talked about
Up  1 2 3  Down
 Most read Most read
Up  1 2 3  Down
 Facebook Facebook
 Mailing List Mailing List
Subscribe Here:   


open toolbar