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21.11.2013 17:26    Comments: 0    Categories: Weekly Parashah      Tags: torah  shabbat  weekly parashah  vayeshev  chanuka  

Message for Today:Courtesy of Machon Meir

To Raise the Torah’s Stature and to Increase its Light

Down through the generations, starting with Israel’s appearance on the stage of history

at the Egyptian Exodus, all the way to our own day, there have been attempts to destroy

Israel and the Torah. Some seek to annihilate the Jews like Haman and the Nazis -- may their

name be blotted out. Others attack the Jewish People “to make them forget Your Torah and

transgress the laws of Your will” (Al HaNissim). These include the Greeks of the Second

Temple, and the Communists of the U.S.S.R. during the Stalinist period. Neither group will

succeed with their plot. As the Prophet Isaiah said (Isaiah 54:17), “No weapon that is formed

against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment, you shall


Today, the Jewish People, rising to rebirth in their land, are defending themselves

against those attempting to annihilate them. With our own eyes we shall see how all such

plots will be foiled. As King David said, “You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s

vessel” (Psalm 2:9).

It does not suffice to defeat Israel’s enemies on the battlefield. We must also increase

the light of Israel -- the light of “love and faith,” the Torah, which is compared to light, as in

Proverbs 6:23: “For the mitzvot are a lamp, and the Torah is light.” Against all those plots to

“make them forget Your Torah and transgress the laws of Your will” we must increase the

quantity and quality of Torah learning amongst the Jewish People, and the return to Jewish


The little Chanukah candles that the Jewish People have been lighting for thousands of

years recall the miracles and wonders that G-d did for us in those days at this season. The

enemies of Israel have never succeeded in snuffing out those lights, even amidst the darkest

exile. From those candles we draw faith and trust in G-d that the day is not far off when we

will see with out own eyes how “a new light shall shine over Zion.” May we all speedily

merit that light!

With blessings for a joyous Chanukah,

And looking forward to complete salvation,

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