Friday, December 23, 2011
Chanukah 5632 First Night Second Ma'amar
In addition to our miraculous military victory over the Greeks, there was the miracle of the Menorah. The Greeks had rendered all the oil in the Beis HaMikdash impure. The Chashmona’im found one small container of oil that was sealed and pure. It was enough for one night. Miraculously, that one container lasted for eight nights.
The mitzvah of lighting the Menorah was not for the light it provided. God does not need our light. The Sfas Emes tells us that the mitzvah was simply the will of God. There was no practical ulterior reason for this mitzvah. When a situation arises in which it is impossible to perform the mitzvah, we are exempt. What then was the purpose of this miracle?
That God suspended the laws of nature to enable us to light the Menorah indicates the great affection God had for our performance of this mitzvah. He wanted the enlightenment that comes from the Menorah to come specifically from our lighting it so much so that he enacted a miracle so that we would be able to perform this mitzvah and do His will.
This concept continues even to this day. During Chanukah God gives special assistance to do His will miraculously and wondrously.