The days of Chanukah are a time to thank Hashem and praise His Great Name “…for Your miracles, for Your wonders, and for Your salvations.” We recall what Hashem did for our forefathers and for us as a nation. We recall how He, in His great love for us, saved us from countless enemies – people who were much bigger and stronger than us.

But Chanukah is much more than a memorial; it’s meant to teach us an important lesson. Our gratitude and praises that we sing during the eight days of Chanukah are the very reason why the story of Chanukah had to happen in the first place.

Whenever we find ourselves in a dark and painful situation, we can learn from this message of Chanukah and have emunah that a y’shuah will come as long as we are doing our end.

According to the Baal Shem Tov, everyone must go through five stages in life:

1) Experiencing suffering

2) Accepting the suffering in love as an atonement

3) Praying that the suffering or difficult experience should end

4) Experiencing a y’shuah

5) Thanking and praising Hashem

David HaMelech says (in T’hilim 118:21): “Odecha ki anisani, va’t’hi li liyshuah – I give thanks to You because You afflicted me and You were for me a salvation.” We can have emunah that our prayers are not in vain, that a y’shuah will come, because the situations and places that we find ourselves in are not by chance. They and all of their details are there in order for us to find the light hidden within and then reveal that light to the world.

This is the message of Chanukah: that Hashem is there in the darkness, waiting to bring us out of whatever galus we are in. But we have to believe that we are good enough and important enough for that to happen. We have to encourage ourselves with the idea that Hashem desires something in me, and only I, and I alone, have the ability to bring it out and shine it into the world.

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Boris Baruch ben Frecha Frida

Chaim Avraham ben Shifrah Zisel

Shimshon Shimon ben Mazal

Aharon Mordechai ben Sharon

Yaakov Yisrael Pinchas ben Tovah

Yisachar Dov ben Chayah Brachah

Tinok ben Chanah

Azriel ShemTov ben Brachah Esther

Shmuel Aryeh ben Sarah Rachel

Ronny Tzalach ben Simchah

Shmuel Aryeh ben Sarah Rachel

Moshe ben Devorah

Yehoshua ben Miriam

Yosef ben Leah

Nisan ben Yael

Efrayim Gavriel ben Esther

Chaim Yehudah HaLevi ben Sarah

Refael Meir HaLevi ben Esther

Mordechai ben Evelyn

David Chaim ben Rivkah

Moshe Leib ben Chanah Breindel

Eynav ben Tziporah

Yair ben Sarah

Moshe ben Zlata

Yishai Shimon ben Sigal

Shmuel ben Nazima

Yaakov Yisrael Pinchas ben Tovah

Nissim ben Miriam

Levi ben Malkah

Yigal ben Nina

Arthur Avraham ben Bella Berta

Ezra Refael ben Taoos Miriam

Evon bas Sally

Luna bas Rachel

Malkah bas Miriam

Tovah Yocheved bas Esther Bukas

Ruchamah Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Esther Hadassah bas Devorah

Ronit bas Rivkah

Mahnaz bas Nosrat

Sylia bas Rachel

Karen bas Rachel

Shoshanah Shurah bas Zin

Sonia bas Raya Rachel

Tinok bas Chanah Moriyah

Brachah Chanah bas Sarah

Devorah bas Esther

Batya bas Moonavar

Sarah bas Alizah

Chavah bas Bayla

Bella Berta bas Raya Rachel

Taliah Tanya bas Nina Nekadam

Raya Rachel bas Esther

Alizah Sima bas Sheina Brachah

Rivkah bas Sarah

Rachel bas Yaffah

Mehrnaz bas Malkah Molouk

Gittel Feige bas Miriam Sarah

Sally Ronit bas Taoos Miriam

Masha bas Ansha Beila