What was so special about the miracle of Chanukah that we remember it every year?
The uniqueness of the Chanukah miracle was that even though they were in a world filled with such darkness with the Greeks convincing the Jews intellectually by saying how G-d doesn't exist. No matter how hard the task was they were still searching for Hashem. They didn't give up until they found Him. So too, the Maccabees didn't give up searching for the sealed pure olive oil until they found it. They knew it was there even though it was hard for them to find a sealed jug of pure olive oil they didn't give up they knew that even though it's dark and they can't see Hashems kindness at the end of the day we will see it and understand why it had to happen in that specific way.
The four exiles that the Jewish nation were in and are currently in is
A) Bavel - tried to kill us spiritually- destroyed first temple
B) Persia- tried to kill us physically- final solution (Purim story)
C) Greek- tried to kill us intellectually - disproving our religion
D) Edom- Roman Empire - currently in the process of destroying us spiritually, physically and intellectually. The last exile we are in now is a monster.
On Chanukkah we play with a dreidel which symbolizes "Nes Gadol Haya Sham"- "a big miracle happened there." Nun stands for nefesh- soul- spiritually, Gimmel stands for Guf -body- physically, Hey stands for Hacol Hacollel and Shin stands for Sechel- intellect. On the dreidel there's one handle that spins it this is to symbolize that Hashem is orchestrating it all. Chanukkah is the story that we can see clearly how Hashem is helping us survive all three attacks. We sometimes feel so overwhelmed with darkness but at the end of the day we need to remember that there is light at the end of the tunnel. The miracle of the oil lasting for eight days was that they didn't give up on the search and 8 is a number which corresponds to above nature. Hashem is above nature only He can help us. So when you are feeling down and don't know what to do turn to Hashem our father and speak to Him and ask Him to help you see the light clearer.
Chag Sameach =)
By: Esther Shamayev