Hannukah is a truly wonderful Jewish Holiday. It not only celebrates the Maccabbes, the retaking of the Temple, and the 8 days of light from one little teeny amount of oil, it also celebrates the miracle that Judaism is.

Over history, there have been many attempts to exterminate Jews, from the Babylonians to the Nazis. Groups have tried to force Jews to leave their faith or face death. The fact that there are Jews still today is, in itself, a miracle.

But it is much more than that.

Every time a Jew lights a candle on a menorah, that is a miracle.

Every time a 13 year old celebrates bar/bat mitzvah, that is a miracle.

Every time a family sits down to a Shabbat meal, that is a miracle.

Every time an Jew prays at the Kotel, that is a miracle.

Every time a Jew sings “Hatikvah”, that is a miracle.

Israel in itself is a miracle. What started out in 1948 as a little spot in the desert has turned into a thriving, multicultural society. Isn’t that amazing?

Yes, Israel has problems. Name one country that does not. The miracle of Hannukah continues today. Every sunrise in Israel proves that.