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Section: Moadim   Category: Chanukah
The Bais Yosef's Kashya - A Celebration Of Bitachon In The Face Of Victory

The Bais Yosef asks why do we light the Menora eight nights, if they found one jug of oil then only the other seven were a Nes? The Lahavas Dovid answers as follows.

The Chashmana'im won a great battle over the Yevanim. Typically after a victory, no matter how miraculous, there is a tendency to believe that human efforts were the cause of victory, "Kochi V'Otzem Yadi". Especially in this case the Chashmana'im had what to be proud of. Yet it wasn't so. The Chashmana'im attributed there victory to Siyata Dishmaya and took no credit for themselves.

It was this bitachon that prompted them to use the lone tahor pach shemen. They knew that they would eventually need to use shemen that was tamei since they did not enough to last for eight days. Yet they chose to light what they had, and have faith that Hashem will work something out for them, just like He did in the war. It is this bitachon that we celebrate when we light the first night's candle.

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MB, P, 2010-12-02 11:30:50
As I was taught in HS -- who was perhaps the greatest hero of Chanukah?

Three years before, the Yevanim came to the Beis haMiqdash with an idol of Zeus and turned it into another kind of Temple. As they approached, some anonymous kohein took a jar of oil sealed by the kohein gadol and hid it -- knowing that some day there would be service to HaQadosh barukh Hu there again. If it were not for that kohein's bitachon during the darkest moments of churban, there would have been no miracle of the oil.

-micha

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