Order Hadar's 5784 Hanukkah Reader
In the story of Hanukkah, lighting the menorah was an act of faith. Rather than giving up, the Hasmoneans did all that they could in that moment and lit the menorah with the tiny amount of oil left. The ultimate act of faith is often the simple movement of continuing on in the face of forces pushing you back.
The world, as we all know too well, can be a scary and overwhelming place. Especially in present times, when we feel a need for pure oil, or salvation, but are not sure we’re adequate to the task, just getting up each morning and trying our best can take enormous effort. In these moments, simply doing what you’re able to can be a statement of faith -- faith in yourself, faith in God, faith that there can be hope for better days.
"Emunah: Faith & Courage" presents eight sets of texts and guiding questions that explore faith and faithfulness. By studying these texts through the eight nights of this holiday of faith, we hope that you can bottle up some of that pure Hasmonean faith and have just enough to illuminate the darkness.