TODAY IS THE FIFTH DAY OF CHANUKAH. Tonight we will light six candles.
A THOUGHT FOR CHANUKAH DAY #5
It is well known that there are only two Jewish holidays and festivals during the winter: Hannukah and Purim. At Hannukah, they tried to take away from us, G-d forbid, our holy Torah, which is our soul and spirit. At Purim they tried to destroy us physically, i.e. to take away our bodies.
What was the end result?
We were victorious and we retained both our spirit and our bodies.
It is well-known that the winter alludes to our long and dark exile. During- this bitter exile, they are trying to take away our spirit and our bodies. Yet, each year these two holidays Hannukah and Purim, arrive to remind us that our exile will not last, and no evil will befall us. We will leave our exile with our Torah and our bodies unharmed.
(Conversations of the Hafetz Hayyim)
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