Chanukah: the Dawning of the Feast of Lights

On the Miracles…

The miracle of rekindling the most sacred of bonds; as children of the Maccabees, Brethren and sisters of mankind. With our ancestors watching over our shoulders from the starry skies, and G-d Almighty guiding His whole universe in the way of His light, meant to lead us out of darkness since the world literally began.

A great miracle however, was to take lead of the downwards course of events; the cause of justice soared steadily throughout the lands and seas of ancient Judea, and this cause led to the start of A great miracle.

Thus, before we even realized it ourselves,

The People of Israel watched, alongside the entire world,

as,

A Great Miracle Happened;

Here,

and There.

While A Flying Scroll floats on eternally above us all….

United, We still Stand, through our ancient glory, we continue to overcome obstacles seemingly impossible to have had ever achieved. Through this determination, our unstoppable leaps of faith, combined With The Hope — although frail — will never allow the loss of our site: That which was the vision of our ancestors, who could see the radiance in a world of utter despair—That which shall be the vision of the future inhabitants of Judea…

To look back at our ancestors’ strife—-or Before ancient Judea was governed by it’s rightful owners, the Judeans—Jews—or descendants of the tribes of Israel—The land of Judea was mostly vast desert and in ruin under failed tyrannical leaderships— generations of our peoples lived in utter despair and gloom—as did all citizens enslaved by the kingdoms of Syria and Greece, etc.… Before the common era, Judea was seized by the enemies of peace, with the Jews in exile or living in a world of slavery, and total darkness. Fortunately, Our Maccabean ancestors—along with the spirit of liberty and G-d —were triumphant in battle, and in successful political change by way of democratic forces governing our rebuilt temple, and newly founded, free society. Indeed, this was one of the first times this was ever recorded— that is, the evidence of the miracles our ancestors witnessed through Our Creator and our Will to transform Ourselves into warriors for HaShem, Jewish rebels, as odd as it may always sound. Modern Israel was reborn because of this same zeal. Our Maccabean Spirit leapt Newborn in 167 BCE, as it was set free as predicted by our prophets—by the brave hearts of our past. Finally, we the maccabees, found our opportunity to rebel against the tyrannical regime of our forefathers, and win a revolution against the idol-worshipping society formerly governing the peoples of our land. We risked it all for Adonai, finding our roots en route to our destiny that led us out of hiding from beneath the shadows of our caves of persecution, where we hid from our enslavers until we no longer would. In triumphant strength, did the Maccabees battle and win an impossible war, for freedom and justice prevailed for the first time in thousands of years. Our people would be free, for the moment, at least, oh what a miraculous thing it is–to be able to watch and understand, that a single candle can light up a room of darkness, even when it is out-numbered in its shine, and even when we are out-armed, 100, or 9 ,to 1. Through the Strength of Our Almighty Creator, the Hand of G-d Prevailed over tyranny, even in our world’s gloomiest hours, when the rebels of the BCE chose to act on the gut of their warrior souls. And it worked, it always works, it always will work. For, we’ve survived.

Only through This same Hope, can our spirits be kept alive; Bound by a shared purpose we once sought, in houses divided. Through struggle and triumph we are found; for the greatest of rewards are received through faith beyond belief; our hard earned will to prevail—sealed within the unity of brotherhood, the dream worth the wait; a union indivisible for the rest of our days, And so we give eternal thanks. As we acknowledge the blessings we know to be true, our rivers which flowed from opposite streams, we return to the waves of love which also turned the tides to bore, the onset of a secret meeting location–A vast ecosystem which lies in the depths of the ocean blue floor. That is, underneath the Liberty Tree can one peace-seeking individual find, this mysterious other world, yet comfortable and calm, genuine and divine. Within the depths of the ocean blue, are these natutal resoervoirs, not built by mankind, as these sparks of water and light hydrate the souls of all of us, creatures and humans of mankind. A connection in This unique World of Faith Beyond Belief, a bond which connects all the living, as it keeps us alive. This Hope gives life to all on Earth. It’s probably the strongest-emotional attribute that most humans share—as it stems from G-d’s Mercy, for His People to seek out in the worst moments of Despair. So, too, the creatures gliding beneath our toes, are connected to our livelihood. For, our survival, too, depends on this same life-stream. Irrigated into the purity of our hearts, together we’ve burned away the darkness, our rays illuminated all the shadows of doubt, all had been casted away to the depths of the ocean floor.

Never again would we be torn apart, as we should be well aware that our fates belong to and exist for purposes of learning the knowledge obtained from miracles and riding them into a more peaceful union, brought by Our G-d, as only the Creator of All of Us could bring such love, riding On the Miracles; Just as the wisdom of G-d held onto the first beam of light to survive out of darkness, soon turned into the first flower to bloom. Irrigated through the systems we create on our paths, alongside one another we celebrate our festivals of light with one another, to recognize the miracles of each and every single day is such a gift and a blessing. The breath we breathe is magic in itself, and the heart that beats within our chests, is too, so clever, so impossible. Yet, the beat of this drum ancient, no modern technology needed for it to function at its greatest potential– As this is the same rhythm which brought our universe into existence, out of a blackhole of darkness. When, for the first time, out of a bang and in less than a millisecond did out whole creation take form. For, when G-d saw that,

There Could Be Light, There was Light. There is Light, Let There Be Light.

And thus, the impossible occured at the origins of our species as a whole. It is our duty to utilize this same spirit of freedom, that of which seems brightest during the most wonderful time of the year. Through the courage and purity in our hearts, old, new, and those yet-to-come, May we come together as one. Now and for the rest of the year, and all the years after that For, we know for certain we’ve burned away the deepest of darkness before. When our rays illuminated all the shadows of doubt, they were cast away long before we ever knew what reached at the deptyhs of the ocean floor. Although this mystery still remains to this day, we are more aware now, in understanding and in knowledge, of our universal landscape and all it encompasses, we were always meant to push away the darkness for all of us, so that the next generation may live to be free, and wander onto Mars during their lifespan: For, our battle to set footprints on the moon was once won, and fought for by those who came before us, those that made it possible and a reality, for us to be inspired by within our own age. It is necessary we give back more than we take, for what would there be to live for if we could not climb to be better, each and every day.

So too, will the candles of freedom burn away the darkness, that which lasted 8 days and 7 nights—once, “In the beginning,” when G-d created the universe in seven days. And again, when our perpetual torch of liberty needed to be kept alive in 160’s BCE, and forever. Even when our oil should have only lasted one night, G-d brought us Miracles, one after the other, in patterns over the ages.

When G-d brought His rebel-warriors the rays of light casted by the sun, the moonlight shot like an arrow down to Earth, and vice versa, unto the stars and planets lightyears away; This magic can be seen with the naked eye when viewing the crescent moon each month—as the Earthshine reflection can be seen as the outline of darkness filling out the rest of the circle of the moon, it is the reflection of Earth’s beams shining back at the moon, causing a shadow to form over the rest of the moon, or according to Leonardo DaVinci, Earthshine is what we see up on the tiny-looking crescent. Thus, it has always been that all across space-time, we are all, at some point, lost. However, it is up to us to be found.

Finally, we give thanks to the Almighty, our greatest strength; through all the strife that continues to bring us to the summit of timely achievements in life. After every climb is a rocky bottom. But even in our time spent at the depths of the ocean, we will find—An invaluable lesson to be learned, yet is hidden beneath the lava and coals at Earth’s Core. If we will it, however, it will be. If we will it, it is no dream. So, too, even during our time spent in darkness, whether it be for long or short, may Your human beings eventually find the tools required to rebuild your world anew, in every age. As each of our individual paths are necessary to fulfilling a purpose so much greater than all of us. We, the People: We, the Maccabees, are forever grateful for You, Adonai. G-d of the Universe: You are My Only Rock, My One Redeemer, Our Eternal Shield. 😘 תודה רבה השם 💙🤍🕎🤲

– With Infinite Love, KBM

Copyright, 2021. Karen Ben-Moyal

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