Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Miracles of Hanukkah

The Miracles of Hanukkah
Day: Thursday
Date: December 8, 2016
Parshat: Vayetze
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 670

During the time of the second Bet Hamikdash the Greeks enacted harsh and evil decrees against us Jews. Putting it very mildly, among 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 day 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 for the Menorah to last 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 Hanukkah.

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