The Jewish Festival of Chanukah, Festival Of Light begins this Tuesday evening (December 16) and lasts for eight days.
Adding a new Chanukah candle every night teaches us that every day we must increase our endeavors to spread light throughout the world.
Though we lit up our environment on the previous night, we cannot rest content.
As our Sages explain, lighting the Chanukah candles exemplifies the principle, “Always advance higher in holy matters”.
Beginning with the second night of Chanukah (the first time we add a candle), we express this principle for an entire week, increasing the number of candles every night.
A week is a complete time cycle which contains in potential form all the possible situations a person might encounter.
Adding a new light on every night of Chanukah demonstrates — and reinforces — a commitment to progress continuously, come what may.
The lessons we learn from the Chanukah lights should be applied in every aspect of our lives. Every day should lead us to further growth and create new opportunities for spreading G‑dly light in our homes and in the world.
Thus understood, the kindling of the Chanukah lights will serve as a catalyst to bring about the ultimate light that will illuminate the world in the Era of the Redemption.
Chanukah is bound to the Era of Redemption by the number eight, which is both the number of nights on which we light Chanukah candles and a number intimately associated with that ultimate age.
Our kindling of Chanukah candles both anticipates and precipitates the era when “a priest will appear in Zion” and light the Menorah in the Beis HaMikdash.
May this take place in the immediate future.
Rabbi Mendel and Tzirl Jacobs and family wish you a bright and joyous Chanukah 5775.