Light one candle: More light and then even more – that’s the theme of Chanukah. Never stop growing, never stop brightening, don’t let the light go out. The flame of Judaism is in your heart and in your hands. Use it to light one candle. And tomorrow, light another one.
The mitzvah of lighting the menorah is unique in that people perform it not only in its minimal standard, but in the way described by the Talmud to be the “most beautiful of beautiful.” How did this develop? From the argument between the Talmudic sages as to how many candles we light each night of Chanukah.
In this shiur (Torah class) on Chanukah, Mrs. Shira Smiles raises a number of questions about the holiday. Firstly, why is the miracle of the oil the main focus, instead of the miraculous military victory? Secondly, what is the significance of ‘Zot Chanukah’, the last day of Chanukah?
A Mitzvah is a Candle and Torah is Light: How do the candle and light parallel Torah and Mitzvot? How do the Torah and Mitzvah here in Mishlei 6:23 parallel the mussar of one’s father and the Torah of one’s mother in Mishlei 1:8?
Inside Chanukah: In this book, Aryeh Pinchas Strickoff explores every aspect of Chanukah. The miracles, the mitzvos, the minhagim — he uses an array of sources to bring fresh insights into them all. Each thought is concise and accessible, perfect for sharing with family and friends. Discover the messages of Chanukah — ideas that will illuminate your life long after the candles burn out.
How to stumble and pick yourself up, refuse to give up on your dreams, and not let those who don’t believe in you break you. Teachers, mentors, parents should be careful with the way they speak to children, adult children, students and mentees. The one who is “down” learns to listen inwardlay rather than outrwardly.
How to Find Light Within the Darkness: When it looks like we are at the end of our tether, use emunah to beef us up, and use our power of self to persevere. Great for discussion. Mentors can add the emunah, bitachon, and working through our problems bent to this.
One can use one’s own darkest times to shed light and present opportunity to others more unfortunate. This is a lesson in both חסד and צדקה; helping people by building them up instead of dispensing “charity.” Although in French, the subtitles are good and the message is strong and can be used for explaining and demonstrating צדקה in its purest form.