Finding our strengths while experiencing a loss is a challenge. Searching for light in darkness is like groping in a huge dark tunnel.
Chanuka enables us to search for that inner strength.
We are all familiar with the miracle of the oil which miraculously lasted eight days. What is also remarkable and miraculous is that one anonymous individual had the determination to search for the oil amidst the destruction in the first place.
There always were two ways to live in a world that is often dark and full of tears. We can sit in the darkness, or we can light a small light.
As the Chassidim say, a little light drives out much darkness.
Chanukah encourage us to light the candle and actualize our own inner light – even when the darkness is heavy. Standing side by side with our grief, may the blessings that surround us encourage us.
The flames of the menorah reveal sparks of resilience and faith. May hope and faith envelop us during these sacred days.