What Burns And Burns, And Is Never Consumed?

Why Do We Celebrate The Hanukkah Miracle: Is It Secretly In The Torah?

Rabbi David Fohrman
Rabbi David Fohrman

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You know why we celebrate the miracle of Hanukkah, right? The Jews are trying to light the menorah. The Greeks have defiled all the oil; only one little jar of pure oil remains. It's enough to last for a single day. The menorah is supposed to be lit continuously. But when they lit the menorah from that little jar of oil, it didn't last for just a day. It lasted for eight whole days. Is that a big miracle, or a little miracle?

Okay...it’s a cool miracle, but a little small, no? It’s no splitting of the sea, or saving the nation from Haman’s impending genocide. So...why are we celebrating this small miracle?

In exploring this question, Rabbi Fohrman shows us how this seemingly-small miracle actually reminds us of another story, a seemingly-small miracle, of oil burning, burning...and not being consumed. And once we understand that connection, we can better understand why we commemorate the Miracle of Lights and continue to celebrate Hanukkah today.