Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Miracles of Hannuka

The Miracles of Hannuka
Day: Thursday
Date: November 26, 2015
Parshat: Vayetze
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 670

During the time of the second Bet Hamikdash the Greeks enacted harsh and intentionally evil decrees against us Jews. To put it very mildly, among their other atrocities they put us through a lot of suffering, did not allow us to study Torah, and they defiled the Bet Hamikdash. Ultimately Hashem had mercy on us and through a series of miraculous wars the Hashmonai family overcame the Greeks on the twenty fifth of Kislev. When the Jews went back to the Bet Hamikdash to clean up the defilement that had occurred there they only found enough pure oil to keep the Menorah lit for one day. Hashem in his kindness performed a miracle and the small amount of oil actually lasted for eight days until they were able to produce new oil. To commemorate these momentous events we celebrate Hannuka.

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