Critical Current Events:
Fighting for the Light, Past and Present
by Ariel Bar Tzadok
Copyright © 2013 by Ariel Bar Tzadok. All rights reserved.
We are all so convinced that the lesson of
Hanuka is a thing of the past.
But we are not paying attention!
That which brought about the need for Hanuka in the past
has resurrected itself today,
and planning for us (Israel, physical and spiritual) a very unsettling future.
Hanuka, we all know its meaning. We all light
menorahs. And, we all are so equally convinced that Hanuka is a memory that
belongs to the past. After all, today, we do not have have to fight for our
lives, we do not really have a need for modern-day heroes, like the Hammers (Maccabees).
It's funny how history repeats itself. It's
terrible how the evils of the past, that we fought so hard to defeat, and
destroy, always mange to resurrect themselves, to come again and again, to
unleash their venom and devastation.
All we want to do is to be left alone to
live in peace.
But such does not seem to be our fate.
No matter how hard we try to just get along,
there always arises the monster that seeks to undermine all,
and its ugly head has arisen again,
with its roar drowning out the sound of logic and common sense.
No! The lesson of Hanuka is not a thing of the
past. We tend to forget this! We still think of Hanuka today as having to do
menorahs, dreidels, potato pancakes (latkes), and eight days of gifts. We have
forgotten that Hanuka really is about self-sacrifice, hardships, struggles, war,
and hard-fought, and hard-earned victory.
Remember this! Absolutely nowhere is the miracle
of Hanuka described as Divine intervention, helping us win a war against those
who sought to kill us. That war we had to fight for ourselves, and win for