More than twenty-one centuries ago, the Holy Land was ruled by the (Syrian-Greeks), who sought to forcefully Hellenize the people of Israel. Against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of G-d.
When they sought to light the Temple’s menorah they found only a single cruse of olive oil that had escaped contamination by the Greeks; miraculously, the one-day supply burned for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under the right conditions.
To commemorate Hanukkah began.
On Hanukkah daily prayers are offered in praise and thanksgiving to G-d for “delivering the strong into the hands of the weak, the many into the hands of the few… the wicked into the hands of the righteous.”
The Lord tells us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Israel is the apple of God’s eye. This Thanksgiving, let’s understand this celebration & miracle.