In these recent days of darkness, with spreading anti-Semitism in the world, we need Chanukah now more than ever. Over the past several weeks the Jewish People of the Diaspora have suffered an increased number of attacks. These have included in Jersey City, NJ; Brooklyn, NY; Teaneck, NJ; and last night in Monsey, NY. During these dark times, the nation must look to Jerusalem and see the eternal light emanating from Israel’s eternal unified capital. The celebration of Chanukah celebrates the rekindling of the Menorah that stood in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. It was such a significant event in Jewish history due to the centrality of the Temple and Jerusalem to the identity of the nation then and until today. It symbolizes the Jewish Nation’s hope and return to Jerusalem during a very dark time in our history. This is why Jerusalem and Chanukah remain rallying points for Israel as a country and for the Jewish people as a whole. Even during our darkest moments we remember that there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel. We send a warm embracing hug and a message of light and hope to all during these trying times — especially on this eighth and final night of Chanukah.
Illustrative photo from Chanukah lighting ceremony at Jerusalem’s Western Wall with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, U.S. Amb. Friedman and flanked by IDF soldiers. Photo Credit: U.S. Embassy Jerusalem / Matty Stern [License]