Courage is … fighting for your soul. The Jewish holiday of Chanukah is happening this Saturday night and it commemorates the victory of the Jewish soul. In the 2nd century BCE, the Syrian-Greeks tried to force the Jews of Israel to accept the Greek gods and culture and abandon their belief in their G-d and the Torah. A small group of Jews, the Maccabees, said “No way!”, got their brave on and miraculously defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth. They drove the enemy from their land and reclaimed the 2nd Bais Hamikdash (Holy Temple) in Jerusalem. After the war, the Maccabees lit the Menorah in the Temple with a cruse of oil that was only enough to burn for one day, yet miraculously burnt for eight – hence – Chanukah is celebrated for eight days to commemorate this miracle of oil. As the Previous Rebbe says “We must listen carefully to what the candles are saying.” Never be afraid to stand up for your soul.
22nd day of the Jewish month of Kislev – the month of Courage